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Dinosaur Eggs Discovered! Teacher Sheet

Dinosaur Eggs Discovered! Teacher Sheet

Introduction

This lesson uses a book called Dinosaur Eggs Discovered! Unscrambling the Clues to help students learn about how scientists investigate questions using their observations, technology, creativity, and each other. Each team’s assignment is to answer one question about the Patagonian fossil dinosaur eggs found in 1997 by three paleontologists.


What do you know?
1. What question is your team investigating?
Students will choose one of eight questions: 1) When were the eggs laid? 2) Who laid the eggs? 3) What can be learned from the eggs? 4) Were the eggs laid in nests? 5) How often did nesting dinosaurs use the site? 6) What catastrophe killed the embryos? 7) What other dinosaurs lived at Auca Mahuevo? 8) Is Auca Mahuevo the real Jurassic Park?

2. What do you know about the dinosaur eggs so far based on reading the first chapter and your class discussion? Fill out the chart with your observations. As a scientist, you should be as detailed as possible!

Team members:

Lowell Dingus, Luis Chaippe, Rodolfo Coria

Discovery date:

November 9, 1997

Discovery location:

Auca Mahuevo, Patagonia, Argentina

Egg color and texture:

Grayish-brown, rock-like, rounded surface, countless small bumps

Approximate size of complete egg (in. and cm.)

6 inches (15 centimeters)

Type of rock layers around eggs:

Sandstone and mudstone

Other notes:

Answers will vary but should include only observations made by the scientists. For example, skin-like material and small bones found in some eggs, large chunks of eggs deposited on small mounds, fossil site previously undiscovered.

This teacher sheet is a part of the Dinosaur Eggs Discovered! Unscrambling the Clues lesson.

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