Young Students Recognize a Transitional Fossil
This video shows the reactions of first-grade students to a replica of a Tiktaalik fossil.
Paleontologist Neil Shubin brought the fossil to his daughter’s first-grade class to see what the students would make of it. The students immediately recognized that Tiktaalik, an organism that existed about 375 million years ago, has characteristics of both a fish and a four-legged land animal (tetrapod).
This short video, inspired by Neil Shubin’s book Your Inner Fish, illustrates the power of fossil evidence for learning about evolution.
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Daeschler, Edward B., Neil H. Shubin, and Farish A. Jenkins Jr. “A Devonian tetrapod-like fish and the evolution of the tetrapod body plan.” Nature 440, 7085 (2006): 757–763. https://doi.org/10.1038/nature04639.