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

Julián Monge-Nájera


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  <dc:creator>Julián Monge-Nájera</dc:creator>
  <dc:date>2017-11-01</dc:date>
  <dc:description>Dinosaurs have great educational potential because they fascinate young minds and the general public. The ancient
Chinese, Greeks and Romans explained their fossils with beautiful legends; in the Twentieth century, Jurassic
Park and Walking with Dinosaurs brought dinosaur science to the masses. Here I explain how to make three
inexpensive and simple activities: the first one teaches how to reconstruct the appearance of a dinosaur and its
habitat from fossils and focuses on the requirements of the Scientific Method; it can be done with a computer or
manually. The second is a simple drawing practice that teaches the impossibility of faithfully copying an extinct
species (despite the current proposals for species “de-extinction”). The third activity is a dramatization about
ethical conflicts related to fossils. The article includes activity cut-outs and detailed steps, how to evaluate and
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  <dc:identifier>https://zenodo.org/record/1410522</dc:identifier>
  <dc:identifier>10.5281/zenodo.1410522</dc:identifier>
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  <dc:language>eng</dc:language>
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  <dc:rights>https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode</dc:rights>
  <dc:source>Biocenosis 31(1-2) 101-122</dc:source>
  <dc:subject>Teaching the Scientific Method, Species extinction, Ethics in Science.</dc:subject>
  <dc:title>How to use dinosaurs to teach the scientific method, conservation and ethics</dc:title>
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