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How to use dinosaurs to teach the scientific method, conservation and ethics

Julián Monge-Nájera

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  "publisher": "Zenodo", 
  "DOI": "10.5281/zenodo.1410522", 
  "container_title": "Biocenosis", 
  "language": "eng", 
  "title": "How to use dinosaurs to teach the scientific method, conservation and ethics", 
  "issued": {
    "date-parts": [
  "abstract": "<p>Dinosaurs have great educational potential because they fascinate young minds and the general public. The ancient<br>\nChinese, Greeks and Romans explained their fossils with beautiful legends; in the Twentieth century, Jurassic<br>\nPark and Walking with Dinosaurs brought dinosaur science to the masses. Here I explain how to make three<br>\ninexpensive and simple activities: the first one teaches how to reconstruct the appearance of a dinosaur and its<br>\nhabitat from fossils and focuses on the requirements of the Scientific Method; it can be done with a computer or<br>\nmanually. The second is a simple drawing practice that teaches the impossibility of faithfully copying an extinct<br>\nspecies (despite the current proposals for species &ldquo;de-extinction&rdquo;). The third activity is a dramatization about<br>\nethical conflicts related to fossils. The article includes activity cut-outs and detailed steps, how to evaluate and<br>\npractical advice</p>", 
  "author": [
      "family": "Juli\u00e1n Monge-N\u00e1jera"
  "page": "101-122", 
  "volume": "31", 
  "type": "article-journal", 
  "issue": "1-2", 
  "id": "1410522"
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