by Claire Lepine, Lansdowne Middle School

Modified by Kelley Buell, Washington Middle School

This webquest is designed to introduce 7th Grade Life Science students to the processes of fossil formation and to how the fossil record supports the theory of evolution.

Introduction

How did the dinosaurs die?

How do we know what people and animals looked like millions of years ago?

The answer to all of these questions lies in the science of paleontology.  Paleonotology is the study of fossils. In 1867, Charles Darwin found fossilized skeletons of aquatic animals in the South American Andes Mountains. Famously, his observations from these fossils gave rise to the Theory of Evolution.  In order to better understand how Darwin came to these conclusions about evolution, we are going to undertake our own "modern" study of fossils on the web!