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Fossil findings

This activity is based on the work being carried out at The University of Oxford where researchers are using x-ray tomography (CT scanning) to visualise and measure the 3D structures of fossilised organisms that are still encased in rock.

Students will classify modern day vertebrates before repeating with extinct animals. They will then go on to use evolutionary trees and see how palaeontologists are using x-rays to study fossils in order to collect evidence about how living things evolved.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students can classify vertebrates based on their similarities and differences

  • Students can use evolutionary trees to explain why species have similarities and differences

  • Students can describe how x-rays help gather evidence for evolutionary relationships


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