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A Strange Fish Indeed

Through a series of fictionalized diary entries, this case recounts the 1939 discovery by Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer (and identification by J.L.B ...


A Whale of a Tale?

For years whale evolution was characterized by speculation and limited evidence. Evolution critics even focused on whales as a means to criticize e ...


It’s a Crocodile! No, a Fish! No, a Dolphin!

It is not uncommon to hear creationists argue that evolution is not science because no one saw it happen, or for students to wonder how we can know ...


Man's Best Friend?

In this case, students learn how archaeology operates as an historical science by collecting and analyzing material evidence to make claims about t ...


Of Mammoths and Men

The discovery of a mammoth frozen in the Siberian tundra is the backdrop for this case study, which explores theories for the extinction of the gre ...


Seven Skeletons and a Mystery

This problem-based learning case uses Archaeopteryx, the most famous fossil in the world, to show the vital role that fossils play in unde ...


Should Dinosaurs Be Cloned from Ancient DNA?

Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park, as a novel and then a blockbuster movie, reawakened the public's fascination with dinosaurs. Although di ...


The Coelacanth: An Odd Fish

This "clicker case" is a redesign of a case, also in our collection, by Robert H. Grant titled "A Strange Fish Indeed: The 'Discovery' of a Living ...


The Cold Never Bothered Me Anyway

Woolly mammoths and other cold-adapted animals, such as reindeer and musk ox, developed a number of adaptations that allowed them to survive in fri ...


The Dating Game

In this role-playing case study, students attempt to determine the identity of a variety of human fossils based on characteristics described during ...


The Horseshoe Crab

This case study examines the population dynamics of the horseshoe crab, which is sometimes described as a “living fossil.” Students are ...


The Missing Link

The setting for this case study is a paleontological dig in East Africa, where “Sam,” an American undergraduate student, has unearthed ...