Dinosaurs: Recent Finds and Theories
Deinonychus antirrhopus
The discovery of Deinonychus antirrhopus in the 1960s by Yale’s John Ostrom made the relationship of birds among theropod dinosaurs a central theme in late 20th century paleontology.

Grade Level: Middle and High School
Next Generation Science Standards:
MS-LS4 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity

  • MS-LS4-1: Analyze and interpret data for patterns in the fossil record that document the existence, diversity, extinction, and change of life forms throughout the history of life on Earth under the assumption that natural laws operate today as in the past.
  • MS-LS4-2: Apply scientific ideas to construct an explanation for the anatomical similarities and differences among modern organisms and between modern and fossil organisms to infer evolutionary relationships.

Description: Current research has greatly increased what we now know about dinosaurs, their evolution, and their relationship to birds.  Some old ideas are coming back into the mainstream while many new ideas are reshaping our understanding of how dinosaurs lived.  Using a new virtual 3-D model of the Great Hall and its specimens, this program will focus on a discussion of the latest research, much coming from Yale paleontologists, with links to the topics of fossilization, extinction, evolution and behavior.


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