Module 6: Modern (Living) Animals – What Do the Habitat Preferences and Geographic Distribution of Modern Animals Tell Us about Why Animals Live Where They Do?
- Gain basic information about how paleoecologists use modern species distributions to inform studies of past and climates and ecosystems.
- Analyze data, make observations, and develop hypotheses.
Context for Use
Description and Teaching Materials
Students are given background information and then asked to answer a series of questions in order to assess their comprehension of the material. The exercises in this module require that students use the online Neotoma Explorer. If they have problems with the exercises, they should reread the material, use references that are provided, or be facilitated by an instructor.
Module 6: Modern (Living) Animals – What Do the Habitat Preferences and Geographic Distribution of Modern Animals Tell Us about Why Animals Live Where They Do? (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 4.2MB Jul5 18)
Species information sheets:
Cryptotis parva (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 493kB May24 18)
Myodes gapperi (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 468kB May24 18)
Microtus xanthognathus (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 555kB May24 18)
Cynomys ludovicianus (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 8.2MB May24 18)
Neotoma floridana (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 881kB May24 18)
Thomomys talpoides (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 588kB May24 18)
Phenacomys intermedius (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 515kB May24 18)
Teaching Notes and Tips
When conducting new searches, be sure to cancel previous search criteria. It is easy forget a previously set criteria and conduct searches on unintended criteria.
When examining dates for a deposit, be sure to expand the Analysis Unit column to view the age range. A date range is often given, but the younger age is not visible until you expand the column. You expand the column like you would in Excel by moving your cursor over the line dividing the columns (in the data part of the table) until a the expand icon (vertical line with arrows on either side), clicking and dragging the icon.
In selecting ages to examine for change, the ranges can be set at any value in the Age Range Box. However, for most of these exercises, it will probably be preferable if the students used the following ranges as they relate to the basic climate events in North America over the last 20,000 years.
Give the students other species like Dicrostonyx, Synaptomys borealis, Sciurus niger, Ochotona princeps, Ovis canadensis, Bison bison and ask hem to gorm hypotheses andn test them.
References and Resources
See species information sheets for specific references.