Dimetrodon: Our Most Unlikely Ancestor

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Dimetrodon lived before flowers, and people often believe it was a dinosaur. Research, however, proves a different story. An informative video teaches more about the dimetrodon, a mammal often confused for a reptile. It explains the unique features and habits linking it to the same branch on the tree of life as humans.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Research other animals living during the Paleozoic Era
  • List other stem mammals throughout history
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge of the Paleozoic Era and the differences between reptiles and mammals
Pros

  • Provides closed captioning in Dutch and English
  • Requires very little class time
Cons

  • None