Dino Facts

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Link to Resource: https://ucmp.berkeley.edu/fosrec/ScotchmoorDino.html
Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Language:English
Organization:University of California Museum of Paleontology (UCMP)
Summary:This particular set of dino-facts is based upon work done by Jack Horner and other associates of The Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana. The data has been used in order to theorize about the behavior of dinosaurs in that area. Students should have some working knowledge about the three dinosaurs mentioned before beginning this activity. It is sufficient for them to know that several different dinosaurs lived at the same time (roughly 80 million years ago) in this vicinity. Three of these dinosaurs were Orodromeus (mountain runner) which was a swift plant eater; Troödon (wounding teeth) which was a small but fierce predator (carnivore); and Maiasaura (good mother lizard), a larger herbivore. There is good fossil evidence to show that all three laid eggs in nests. The environment at that time included volcanoes and a few mountains to the west (not the Rockies as they were in the process of uplifting) and to the east, a warm interior seaway which divided North America from north to south. The nesting sites included two islands surrounded by a shallow alkaline lake.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 2; Big Idea 6
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS1.C; ESS2.B; LS4.A
NGSS Performance Expectations:HS-ESS1-6; MS-ESS2-3; MS-LS4-1
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data; Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Patterns; Stability and change
Subjects: dinosaur; fossil
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