Do you know the names of the following water mammals? Show your expertise and warping speed to other students by completing the following challenge with zero mistakes as fast as you can.
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Watch a 3-minute extract from the PBS documentary Evolution: Great Transformations (from 03'16" to 06'10") and answer the questions.
Transcription: Write down the first sentence in the video, from “Human” to “arrived”. If you cannot find all the words, write what you hear even if you think it makes no sense.
1. As Neil Shubin explains, it is possible to take the entire history of the planet down to one hour: what appeared during the first 50 minutes of that hour?
2. Which of the following traits defining mammals is NOT mentioned?
Why are whales an evolutionary puzzle? Because....
4. According to Gingerich, we are fascinated by whales. Which reason does he NOT give for that?
Do you know the names of the following body parts? Look at the diagram of the whale and connect the names to the right parts. Will you be faster and more precise than other players?
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Now watch another 2-minute extract from the same documentary (from 06'11" to 08'32") and answer the questions.
1. When and why did Gingerich go into geology?
2. Where did Gingerich discover his fossil?
3. What was it similar to?
4. What was surprising about the fossil?
5. What could this fossil possibly prove?
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Whale Valley, Egypt
Source: Smithsonian Magazine
Skeleton at Whale Valley
An extinct order of carnivorous mammals that lived from the Paleocene to the Miocene epochs. Because they both possess carnassial teeth, creodonts and carnivorans were once thought to have shared a common ancestor.
Creodonts were the first large, obviously carnivorous mammals in the late Paleocene. During the Paleogene, they were the most abundant form of terrestrial carnivore in the Old World.
Now watch the final 4-minute extract from the documentary (from 08'32" to 13'03") and answer the questions.
1. What are “transitional forms”?
2. Why was Gingerich unable to go back to Pakistan?
3. Where did he go?
4. Why is the place called "Valley of the Whales"?
5. How old are the skeletons?
6. What explanation does Gingerich believe could explain the presence of so many whale skeletons?
7. What is the name of the whale to which the skeletons belonged?
8. What extraordinary finding did they reveal?
Source: Fine Art America
Mushroom rock in the Sahara Desert, Egypt
Lagoon surrounded by sandbars in Florida, US
Now you are Philip Gingerich, and you are going to present your discovery to the scientific community. Take a few notes and then record your discourse with your phone/tablet/computer. Listen to your performance and give/take your own constructive criticism.
If you are brave enough, you can record a video and send it to your teacher for assessment.
Who’s that over there?
Oh, it’s our new teacher, ..... just started work today.
Which gift did you get Marcus in the end?
I got him the one ..... said he really wanted.
Who did you send a Valentine’s card to?
I'm not telling you but it was someone ..... name begins with "B".
Have you seen Jason Green’s latest film?
Is that the one in ..... he joins the FBI?
Why do you like Tania so much?
Well, she’s one of the few people to ..... I can really talk.
Why don't we go to Lionel's for dinner tonight?
Is that the new restaurant ..... has just opened on the other side of town?
Could you lend me some money?
I’d like you to give me some good reason ..... I should.
What do you want to do this summer?
I think we should go somewhere ..... has plenty of sun and sand.
1. My friend, Simon, plays the guitar. He has just released a new album.
2. All electors must be heard. Their votes are crucial.
3. Microsoft has a lot of power in the world of computers. That annoys some people.
4. The euro replaced a number of national currencies. It was introduced in 2002.
5. Peter is my best friend. I wrote a letter to him yesterday.
6. 1984 was written by George Orwell. His real name was Eric Blair.
7. The greyhound can reach speeds of over 65 kilometres an hour. This is impressive.
8. This actress is quite famous. These flowers arrived for her.
Refers to people only
Marie Curie, who discovered radium, was Polish.
Refers to people only
That is the girl with whom I work.
Refers to objects
My cat did not come back home last night, which is strange.
Refers to people and objects
The book that I've just bought deals with whales.
Refers to people (though accepted for objects nowadays)
My neighbour, whose son broke my window, came to apologise earlier today.
Refers to places
I honestly don't know where I have left your keys, sorry.
Refers to time
He will call me when they arrive, or so he said.
Refers to reasons
There is always a reason why people do stupid things.