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Great Transitions: The Origin Of Tetrapods

20 minutes

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Charles Darwin once boldly predicted that buried deep in the earth are transitional fossils of creatures with intermediate features between ancestral animal groups and the modern animal groups. Since Darwin’s time, many transitional fossils have been discovered, and they provide crucial insights into the origin of key structures and the creatures that possess them. And University of Chicago paleontologist and award-winning author Neil Shubin provides a first-hand account of the painstaking search for the transitional fossil of Tiktaalik, a creature with a mix of features common to fish and four-legged animals.

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Runtime: 20 minutes

Great Transitions
Episode 1
20 minutes
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Great Transitions
Episode 2
19 minutes
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Great Transitions
Episode 3
20 minutes
Grade Level: 7 - 12

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    Debra S. (Cottonwood Heights, UT)
    March 9th, 2016 at 02:42 PM

    This is a great film reviewing the fossil origin of tetrapods. Great for a biology class.