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Teaching Amber reveals blood-sucking tick on dinosaur feather

Amber reveals blood-sucking tick on dinosaur feather

At some time during the Cretaceous era, a tick crawled onto a dinosaur feather, looking for its next meal. But somehow the tick and the feather both became encased in amber.\n \n<br></br><br></br>\n<u><i>Dinosaurs, Extinctions and Excitement (Text 1) -- </u>This text is part of a Knowledge Set exploring the causes and effects of extinctions and their impact on the evolution of species on Earth. This article describes how scientists use fossils to learn about dinosaurs by analyzing the discovery of a fossilized piece of amber containing a dinosaur feather and tick. As students read, challenge them to determine what other conclusions could be drawn from similar evidence.</i>\n<br><br>\n<a

Kristin Hugo


How do scientists draw conclusions about dinosaurs using the limited information found in fossils?
RST.1 - Analysis & Evidence, RST.2 - Main Ideas


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