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  1. Bite, Tear, Chew

    Like other animals with backbones, almost all mammals have teeth. However, they differ in the number and kinds of teeth they have. By examining mammals' teeth, scientists can draw conclusions about their diets and categorize them as herbivores, carnivores, omnivores, or insectivores. Examine the skulls of several mammals to determine their diets. Spanish language activity book and object cards are available upon request. Learn More
  2. Hominid Evolution

    Learn about the sweep of hominid evolution! Using skull casts of three distinct hominid species, explore how scientists use various measurements to distinguish between the different species. Create a hominid family tree and hold replicas of some of the first tools used by hominids during the early Stone Age. Spanish language activity book and object cards are available upon request. Learn More
  3. Skulls and Limbs

    This box includes skulls and skull casts from the American Alligator, Dog, Cat, American Beaver, Mouse, Human, and Road Runner, along with skeletal comparison sets of hind and front limbs. Explore the variation in skulls and limbs that show how animals and humans are highly adapted to different food sources and environments. Use this box with the Systems Biology Lesson "The Effect of Natural Selection on Genes, Traits and Individuals". Learn More
  4. Ice Age Mammals

    This box contains models of mammals (and their teeth!) that could be found in the Chicago region 12,000 years ago. Look at the animals' physical characteristics and infer their evolutionary advantages. Discuss some of the physical changes that happened as Amebelodons evolved into mammoths and modern elephants. Debate what caused these changes and identify relationships among these animals based on their teeth. Learn More

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