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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Beaks and Feet

    This box includes skulls and feet from an ostrich, woodpecker, duck, hawk, and a surprising bird relative. The variation in their beaks and feet emphasizes the fact that all these species are highly adapted to different food sources and environments. Learn about the process of natural selection, test out "eating" with a variety of imitation bird beak types, and create an evolutionary tree of life to illustrate how the specimens in the box are genetically related. Learn More
  4. 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
  5. Bird Tree of Life

    This box includes ten bird skulls: the Bronze-Winged Mannikin, Zebra Finch, Caribbean Flamingo, Blue Jay, American Crow, Burrowing Owl, Peregrine Falcon, Northern Cardinal, Duck, and Pileated Woodpecker. The variation in their skull sizes and beaks reveals their amazing range of adaptation to different food sources and environments. Learn about the process of natural selection and create an evolutionary bird tree of life to show how the specimens in the box are related.Note: this box dovetails well with the Systems Biology Lesson "The Case of Darwin's Finches." Learn More

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