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Systematics of some enigmatic part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Paleontology:Activities
Allison Tumarkin-Deratzian, Temple University
Students and instructor work through a guided exercise to construct a character matrix and cladograms describing relationships between different types of paper clips. Students then break into small groups to ...

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Trial by fire in the vertebrate graveyard part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Paleontology:Activities
Allison Tumarkin-Deratzian, Temple University
Students work through a series of stations displaying isolated bones, and answer short-answer questions designed to introduce them to formulating and defending hypotheses concerning anatomical and taxonomic ...

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Life Mode Characteristics part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Paleontology:Activities
Steve Hageman, Appalachian State University
This exercise provides a standardized format that can be used to describe the life mode and its characteristics for most any organism or group of organisms.

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Are You Smarter Than a Dinosaur? part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Paleontology:Activities
Martin Farley, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Students investigate the intelligence of dinosaurs by comparing the relative size of brain and body mass to living animals.

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Fossil/modern mole phylogeny part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Paleontology:Activities
Samantha Hopkins
Students code characters from fossil taxa to add to an existing morphological phylogenetic analysis of moles. This activity is original research; the fossil taxa have never before been included in a phylogenetic ...

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Caminalcule Phylogenetic Exercise part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Paleontology:Activities
Bill Ausich, Ohio State University-Main Campus
Imaginary creatures (caminalcues) are used as an introduction to the methods, assumptions, and conclusions of phylogenetic analysis.

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Paleoecological exercise: Testing competition among Paleozoic brachiopods part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Paleontology:Activities
David Kendrick, Hobart William Smith Colleges
This lab activity tests the hypothesis that competition has resulted in niche partitioning among four species of brachiopods.

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Evolution in Your part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Paleontology:Activities
Peg Yacobucci, Bowling Green State University-Main Campus
This writing exercise asks students to use library resources to locate a peer-reviewed journal article that describes research on the evolution of their individual "pet" taxonomic group. After reading the ...

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Capstone Research Project: Holocene History of Estuarine Environmental Change part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Paleontology:Activities
Michael Savarese, Florida Gulf Coast University
This is a collaborative, semester-long research project that students conduct as their capstone activity for the course. The project is designed to be comprehensive and apply numerous concepts, topical units, and ...

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Calculation of your personal carbon footprint part of Cutting Edge:Topics:Energy:Energy Activities
Scott Giorgis, University of Wisconsin-Madison
This worksheet walks the students through the steps for calculating their personal carbon footprint. Additionally it helps them consider options for reducing their carbon footprint and the potential costs of those ...

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