Monday, 11 January 2010

What was it like to be there?

Have you tried this Earthlearningidea? 'What was it like to be there? - bringing a fossil to life'
What sort of place was the animal shown in the photo living in? It had feet, so must have lived on land and there must have been other animals around for it to eat — and they must have eaten plants.
What did it breathe? It lived on land, breathing the oxygen in the air as we do.
What did it eat? Its sharp teeth show it was a meat-eater.
Was it a hunter? — or hunted? — or both? The teeth are those of a hunter.
What could it have seen? It could have seen its prey — especially plant-eating dinosaurs, and the plants that they lived on.
What could it have sensed? It would have all the senses that we do.
How did it die? — can we tell? This well-preserved skeleton shows that the animal must have died suddenly and been buried by muddy sediment. The tightening of the neck muscles after death caused its head to bend backwards.
What happened after it died? The soft parts rotted and disappeared and the surrounding sediment hardened into rock, preserving the bones.
This is one of many Earthlearningidea activities about fossils which are popular with pupils. Have you tried the others?

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