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  1. 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
  2. Dinosaurs in the Jurassic

    Learn about dinosaurs from the Jurassic Period! Enter the world of a paleontologist and role-play what it would be like to dig for fossils. Through close examination of dinosaur models, discover some of the unique features that helped these animals survive in the Jurassic Period. Learn More
  3. Origin of Coal

    Discover the incredibly time consuming process nature uses to create coal. Closely linked to fossilization, the various stages of coal production are displayed in samples here. Learn More
  4. Dinosaur Eggs (Troodon)

    Unearth the buried eggs of the Troodon, a small raptor (about the size of a fourth grader). This dinosaur stayed in packs to for better hunting and protection of eggs. Learn More
  5. Fossils

    What is a fossil? Fossils are the remains or traces of things that were once alive. They can be bones, teeth, tracks, or any sign of past plant or animal life, thousands to billions of years old. Fossils found worldwide help us understand the history of life on Earth. Research the history of life through the mini fossil record contained in this box! Spanish language activity book and object cards are available upon request. Learn More
  6. Fossil Lake

    Some of the best examples of life during the Tertiary Period come from one extraordinary site in southwestern Wyoming called Fossil Lake. Although Fossil Lake has a cold, snowy climate today, its fossils offer us an unusual snapshot of a community of organisms that lived in a tropical lake 50 million years ago. Touch fossil fishes, insects, and the earliest known bat fossil cast. Learn More
  7. Fossils From Rocks Near Chicago

    Unearth the life forms that lived in Chicago millions of years ago. Limestone forms the underlayer of the earth around Chicago, and contains an amazing array of fossils like corals, crinoids and trilobites, among others. Learn More
  8. 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
  9. Dinosaurs in the Cretaceous

    Become a paleontologist! Use the models from this Experience Box to ask the questions that paleontologists ask about dinosaurs and their fossil remains. Examine casts of dinosaur bones up close and learn more about how they lived. Learn More
  10. Interior of the Earth

    Dig underneath the Earth's surface to get a glimpse of the great stratification found there. Examine the surface and notice how much denser and more compact the inward layers become. Learn More

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