Paleo-Reconstruction Activity Results

PaleoReconstruction Plesiosaur
Plesiosaur reconstruction by Notre Dame students

Today I ran the Paleo-Reconstruction activity in my class, and I could not be happier with how it went. Students were provided with a picture of a fossil as though they were the ones to take it out of the ground. They had to analyze the anatomy and infer behavior. They were given more information as time went on such as the date of the fossil, other specimens found, and comparative specimens to refine their reconstruction.

You can find the activity, #6, here. Below is a compilation of the students’ work. Each slide has picture of the initial fossil, a professional reconstruction, and the students’ reconstruction.  I am stunned how close they got – especially with the Tully Monster!

Fossil Reconstruction Results