Activity 6: Do at the Museum!
The Tooth Tells a Tale
Match the fossil tooth with the food!
You will need:
These are available at PRI in the exhibit area, and, through collaboration, at Syracuse MOST and Utica Children's Museum.
Touch each tooth.
Fact: Hairy elephants (mastodons and mammoths) used to live in New York during the Ice Age. Sometimes their teeth and bones are found in people's backyards!
Fact: The saber-tooth cat is often called a saber-tooth "tiger," but is not actually a kind of tiger.
Extension: Draw a tooth that would be a good shape for eating your favorite food!
Main Message: In this exercise students learn how the diet and lifestyle of ancient animals can be read from skeletal clues such as fossil teeth.
Connections: Activity 7 reveals clues for learning about the environments of Ice Age mammals.
The Paleontological Research Institution