Middle School Science / 7th Grade

Fossil Detectives

How can we use science to tell if a fossil is real or fake?

Students serve as “fossil detectives” who use evidence to authenticate fossils in an online auction catalog. Students also puzzle over the relatedness of three very different organisms using the fossil record. They present their evidence using a certificate of authenticity that includes information about the fossils they study and the pieces of evidence they have collected.

Key content: embryology, stratigraphy, homologous structures, patterns in the fossil record

Each middle school science unit is aligned to the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.

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