Students will experience the historical discovery of fossils which increasingly link whales to earlier land-dwelling mammals. This experience reveals how scientists can make predictions about past events, based on the theory that whales evolved. Such predictions suggest the age and location of sediments where fossils of early whales would most likely be found. This lesson also provides confirmation, with multiple independent lines of evidence, that there IS a series of intermediate forms, showing gradual accumulation of changes, linking certain terrestrial mammals with modern whales.
7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Community College
Biological And Life Sciences, Natural History, Process Skills
Evolution and the Nature of Science Institutes (ENSI)