Step 1: Complete the ResearchQuest module “What happened at Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry?“
A. Go to http://researchquests.org/student/ (Links to an external site.) and enter the access code tFnfNVrZ
B. Click on the ‘Get Started‘ button for “The Mysteries of Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry“
C. Then click on the purple panel entitled “What happened at Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry?“
D. Complete the module by watching the videos and following the prompts.
E. The online module mentions working with “your fellow research assistants”. Don’t worry – you can do this on your own.
F. This digital notebook might help you organize your ideas: ResearchQuest CLDQ Notebook.pdf
Step 2: Using what you learned from ResearchQuest, present your argument for the origin of the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry in the text box below. Your write-up should be ~400-500 words.
Make sure you account for why there is such an abundance of certain species of dinosaurs. In other words, what factors may have been at work to cause the formation of this magnificent assemblage of fossils? Things to think about include: 1) the different kinds of dinosaurs preserved; 2) the degree of skeletal disarticulation (i.e., whether the bones are preserved as complete skeletons, a jumbled mix-up of elements from different species, or something in between); and 3) the nature of the sediments around the bones. Is the rock composed mostly of ancient muds, suggesting one type of environment, or sands, suggestive of another? So once again, bring together as many lines of evidence as possible to support your view.
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