Science 7 - Unit 4 - Biological Evolution and the Reasons for Extinction

  1. Pick an extinct animal and learn about it
  2. Fill in a Student Design Folio (information about extinctions, your animal, your design for an exhibit about your animal)
  3. Create a presentation about your animal  

Extinct Animal Research Center

xaurochs  
 Aurochs
 
river-dolphin   
 Baiji White Dolphin  
xmonkseal
 Caribbean Monk Seal
 

  

 Caspian Tiger  
xlion 
 Cave Lion
 
 Canis dirus  
 Dire Wolf
 
xdodo
 Dodo 
 
 

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 Golden Toad
 
GREAT AUK (ALKA IMPENNIS): - lithograph, 1858, after John...   

 

 Great Auk  
Megaloceros   
 Irish Deer or Elk
 

    A modern artist's rendition of the coastal moa (Euryapteryx curtus). Image by: Michael B. H.   

 Moa Bird
 

xpigeon  

 Passenger Pigeon 

 
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 Pyrenean Ibex
 
QUAGGA
 Quagga
 
Sabre-Tooth Cat
 Sabre-toothed Tiger, Smilodon  
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  Stegosaurus
 
Steller's Sea-Cow (Hydrodamalis gigas/Rhytina gigas),...

 

 Stellers Sea Cow
 
Tasmanian tiger

 

 Tasmanian Tiger or Thylacine
 
Tyrannosaurus rex dinosaur
  Tyrannosauros Rex
 
Black Rhino Mother and Calf

 

West African Black Rhinoceros
 
Illustration of Woolly Mammoth

 

  Woolly Mammoth
 
More Pictures 
 
Picture Credits:
  • Most Pictures from Britannica Image Quest 
  • Golden Toad: Britannica Middle School
  • Caspian Tiger:  http://3200tigres.wwf.fr/en-savoir-plus/especes/
  • Moa Bird: Coastal Moa by Michael B. H./Creative Commons 3.0 
  • Stegasaurus: Britannica Middle School 
 

Information about Extinction Events in History

Information about your animal needed to complete your Design Folio

  • Identification of species common name and/or scientific name
  • Description of when organism lived in Earth’s history and the environmental conditions of the time 
  • Description of evolutionary relationships to organisms living today (including anatomical and/or embryological similarities)
  • Description of adaptations organism had that allowed it to survive in past environment
  • Representation of fossil or remains (picture, diagram, drawing)
  • Description of type of fossils or remains found
  • Identification of what caused extinction
  • Explanation of why organism was unable to survive extinction event
 

Materials

 

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