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Teaching Resources

Triassic Life, Extinction, and Recovery

STEM Discipline

Paleontology

National Middle School Science Standards

Earth Science, Life Science 

Key Terms:

paleontology, fossil record, mass extinction, volcanism, dinosaur evolution, Triassic period 

Key Concepts:

  • Life during the Triassic
  • Extinction at the end of the Triassic
  • Rise of the dinosaurs
  • Interpreting ecosystem changes through fossils
  • Technology used by paleontologists 

Resource Types:

Associated Experts

Skull of a phytosaur (large reptile) that lived in Arizona during the late Triassic. National Park Service photo from Petrified Forest National Park.Skull of a phytosaur (large reptile) that lived in Arizona during the late Triassic. National Park Service photo from Petrified Forest National Park.
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RESOURCES ABOUT TRIASSIC LIFE, EXTINCTION, AND RECOVERY

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NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS (NGSS)

The Triassic Life, Extinction, and Recovery teaching resources support students in meeting the following middle school NGSS Performance Expectations:

Earth Science

MS-ESS1

Earth's Place in the Universe
  • MS-ESS1-4Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence from rock strata for how the geologic time scale is used to organize Earth's 4.6-billion-year-old history.

MS-ESS2

Earth's Systems
  • MS-ESS2-2Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth's surface at varying time and spatial scales.
Life Science

MS-LS4

Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
  • MS-LS4-1Analyze 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-LS4-2Apply 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.

All Q?rius Resources for These Standards

MS-ESS1, MS-ESS2, MS-LS4

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Dr. Hans Sues in a dark suit holding a bone with a skeletal diagram of a dinosaur behind. Smithsonian photo by James Diloreto.
Hans-Dieter Sues
Paleobiologist and Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology
Wide shot of Dr. Matthew Carrano in shorts and t-shirt in the field touching a gray Crestacious boundary rock surface.
Matthew Carrano
Paleobiologist and Curator of Dinosauria

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