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    Fossil Butte

    National Monument Wyoming

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    Leafy Thermometers and Rain Gauges

    Leafy Thermometers and Rain Gauges

    During this six day lesson, students investigate climate and climate change. Using fossil leaves from southwestern Wyoming and modern leaves from their area, students classify leaves, determine mean annual temperature and precipitation using leaf margin and leaf area analysis, analyze climate data (temperature and precipitation), and make statements about climate change. The lesson mirrors an ongoing research project at Fossil Butte National Monument so the students are doing real science!

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    Geology, Relatives, and Time

    Geology, Relatives, and Time

    Using a simple three or four generation family tree, students construct a relatives time tree that mimics the major divisions of the geologic time scale, Precambrian, Paleozoic, Mesozoic, and Cenozoic.

Did You Know?

Chisternon undatum, Western Paleo Labs photo

The Green River Formation includes the best paleontological record of Tertiary aquatic communities in North America and possibly the world.