In this activity (page 1 of the PDF), learners will model how paleontologists estimate the age of fossil discoveries by extracting “fossil” playing cards from newspapers stacked in chronological order. Learners identify the “age” of the card based on the “evidence” (printed date) in the surrounding pages. They then create a data table and graph and analyze their findings. Use this activity to introduce learners to paleontology and geology. Relates to the linked video, DragonflyTV GPS: Dinosaurs.
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