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- In an evolution unit, use of this video will allow students to make the connection between climate change and species extinction.
- Educator should soften the threat of another mass extinction in our lifetime that is hinted at in the end of the video. Instead, solutions should be woven into the lesson.
About the Science
- A current hypothesis on the causes of the Permian Extinction is explored in this video. Scientists, and the methods they use to reconstruct the events that led to the mass extinction, are featured.
- The end of the video nurtures a gloom and doom scenario that is not scientifically proven and might scare students. The claims at the end have to be softened by the educator.
- Comments from expert scientist: This short video is very engaging and entertaining, and presents a novel hypothesis for how mas extinctions occur. The links between Permian processes and present-day environments are fascinating and clearly laid out. There are no references to peer-reviewed scientific journal articles.
Technical Details/Ease of Use
- This video comes in a longer form, 13:16 minutes, and a shorter form, 4:47 minutes http://www.teachersdomain.org/asset/oer09_vid_massextinct/
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