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Discussion questions with sample student answers.

Discussion QuestionSample Student Answers
What kind of information can scientists get from what is found at a paleontological dig? What kinds of animals lived there. 
If the animals lived in groups or not. 
What the environment might have been like. 
 
What kind of information can you get about living organisms? How they are similar to today’s organisms. 
Nothing, they are different animals. 
What they came from. 
 
Are the fossils found at a paleontological dig related to any current organisms and how do you know? How closely related are they? They look kind of like what some animals look like now so they are probably related. 
They can’t be related because they lived in different times and places. (To this I ask students if they are related to other people who live far away or people who lived in the past.) 
They might be kind of related like different kinds of birds (insects, reptiles, deer, etc.) are. 
Discussion QuestionSample Student Answers
What kind of information can scientists get from what is found at a paleontological dig? What kinds of animals lived there. 
If the animals lived in groups or not. 
What the environment might have been like. 
 
What kind of information can you get about living organisms? How they are similar to today’s organisms. 
Nothing, they are different animals. 
What they came from. 
 
Are the fossils found at a paleontological dig related to any current organisms and how do you know? How closely related are they? They look kind of like what some animals look like now so they are probably related. 
They can’t be related because they lived in different times and places. (To this I ask students if they are related to other people who live far away or people who lived in the past.) 
They might be kind of related like different kinds of birds (insects, reptiles, deer, etc.) are. 
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