Seven Skeletons and a Mystery

TitleSeven Skeletons and a Mystery
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication1999
AuthorsHerreid, CF
Corporate AuthorsUniversity at Buffalo, Department of Biological Sciences,
Date Published09/1999
PublisherNational Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsArchaeopteryx , BIOLOGY , Birds , Collaboration , dinosaurs , evolution , fossil; , GEOLOGY , John , Paleontology , Teyler , transitional
AbstractThis problem-based learning case uses Archaeopteryx, the most famous fossil in the world, to show the vital role that fossils play in understanding evolutionary history and to explore the different theories for the origin of flight and the debate over a bird-dinosaur connection. When a visiting scientist makes a remarkable discovery about a fossil held by the museum, he debates whether to tell the museum curator, and thereby possibly lose his chance to do further research on the fossil. The case was designed for an introductory biology course where the focus is on evolution. It would also be appropriate for classes in geology.
NotesCase from the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo.
Audience LevelUndergraduate
Abbreviated Case NameSeven Skeletons and a Mystery
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