The Weird, Watery Tale of Spinosaurus

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While scientists have know about dinosaurs that flew in the air, lived on land, and swam in the water, a episode from the PBS Eons series reveals recent discoveries of a dinosaur that was semi-aquatic—the first known semi-aquatic dinosaur discovered. The video also details how knowledge of the dinosaur eluded scientists for decades due to a lack of evidence, WWII, and Spinosaurus' confusing bone structures.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Discuss the similarities and differences between the Spinosaurus and Halszkaraptor
Classroom Considerations

  • Content ends at 7:25; the final minute is an advertisement
  • Relies on prior knowledge of paleontology and dinosaurs
Pros

  • Highlights the importance of ongoing research
  • Explains the interconnections of the continents and branches of science
  • Provides subtitles in English for visual learners
Cons

  • None