Mammalian Skull Adaptations

This unit focused on the adaptation of the mammalian skull. Within each student group, students were provided with skulls of a carnivore, an herbivore, and an omnivore- one for each student. Students learned the names of the bones of the skull and how each bone was molded by evolution to form the shape of the animal’s skull. In addition they learned how tooth size and shape determined the animal’s feeding niche. Artwork included pen and ink, and optional watercolor and colored pencils. Students gave oral reports on their animal and the specific adaptations of its skull to its ecological niche.

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