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The Four-Winged Dinosaur
Tasha Dunn, Illinois State University
This is assignment is completed in two parts: It begins in class with a showing of the Nova documentary "The Four-Winged Dinosaur." It continues as a homework assignment in which students write a short ...

Evolution of Whales
Mitchell Colgan, College of Charleston
The students read two articles on the evolution of whales and search the web. The students' writing assignment requires them to outline the evolution of whales using major fossil finds. Students start with ...

JiTT - Neanderthals and Modern Humans
Laura Guertin, Penn State Brandywine
1) What are Neanderthals? How do they differ from modern humans? 2) Discuss some of the new ideas as to why early human ancestors dispersed from Africa. 3) What are DNA studies telling us about human migrations and ...

JiTT - The Big 5 Extinctions and Then Some
Laura Guertin, Penn State Brandywine
1) What are the three leading ideas for the cause of the Permian mass extinction? What is the evidence for and against each? 2) Why are tropical forest species going extinct the quickest? 3) What are the ...

JiTT - The Legs of Snakes and Whales
Laura Guertin, Penn State Brandywine
1) What are the adaptations needed to move from water to land (whether it be an arthropod or a "pioneering amphibian")? 2) Could snakes be linked to marine lizards? What your view and interpretations of ...

Allosaur Survival Game
Rebecca Teed, Wright State University-Main Campus
In this online computer game, players must figure out how to keep an Allosaurus from starving or being eaten until it grows to adulthood. -

JiTT - When "Modern" Human Behavior Appeared in Early Hominids
Laura Guertin, Penn State Brandywine
1) What is this controversy in regards to the emergence of "modern" human behavior? In your opinion, what do you think "modern" human behavior means? 2) How do beads symbolize modern human ...

JiTT - Are Primates Worth Saving?
Laura Guertin, Penn State Brandywine
1) What are some of the reasons extinction rates are so high for modern primates? 2) Why are some primates worth more dead than alive? Is there a way we as a society can change this? Explain your thoughts. 3) If ...

JiTT - Darwin Garden
Laura Guertin, Penn State Brandywine
1) Why does biodiversity in an ecosystem "matter"? 2) Describe Darwin's garden experiment and the significance of it. 3) So Darwin figured out the connection between biodiversity and ecosystem health ...

JiTT - La Brea Tar Pits
Laura Guertin, Penn State Brandywine
1) What is "tar" and how does it form? 2) List the animals that have been uncovered in the tar pits that you didn't know were native to North America. Why do you think these animals are now extinct? ...

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