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Energy and the Poor - Black Carbon in Developing Nations part of Cutting Edge:Topics:Energy:Energy Activities
Anne Hall, Emory University
In this activity, students will explore impacts of the use of wood, dung and charcoal in developing countries for fuel, producing black carbon. In-class discussion will generate a list of several broad topics, ...

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Creature Features - Showcase of Living Fossils part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Paleontology:Activities
David Sunderlin, Lafayette College
This activity connects the fossil record to biodiversity in the Recent by having students present on a "living fossil" group. The exercise is useful in demonstrating evolutionary stasis, reminding ...

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Paleoecology Lab part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Paleontology:Activities
James Ebert, SUNY College at Oneonta
This activity gives students practice in identifying fossils in the context of assemblages and allows them to make paleoecological interpretations.

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The Fidelity of the Fossil Record: Using Preservational Characteristics of Fossils within an Assemblage to Interpret the Relative State of Spatial and Temporal Fidelity part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Paleontology:Activities
Michael Savarese, Florida Gulf Coast University
This exercise introduces students to the concept of temporal and spatial fidelity, to the different types of fossil assemblages, and how the taphonomic characteristics of an assemblage can be used to assess the ...

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Measuring Dinosaur Speed from Trackways part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Paleontology:Activities
Bret Bennington, Hofstra University
This activity demonstrates how measurements taken from fossil trackways can be used to estimate the speed at which extinct animals were moving when they made the trackways, providing students the opportunity to ...

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Interpreting Fossil Assemblages part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Paleontology:Activities
Diana Boyer, SUNY College at Oswego
This assignment is a synthesis of many of the skills learned throughout the course from taxonomic identification to paleoecological interpretations.

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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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