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Science – Antarctica

You recently learned that fossils can be compared to one another and to present-day organisms according to their similarities and differences.

This week you’ll be reading an article about fossils found on the continent of Antarctica from Science News for Kids. Acording to this article, scientists have discovered some amazing fossils on the continent – including a penguin that was as tall as a basketball player!

Read now: The oldest place on Earth

Want to know more about those giant penguins? Visit the Fossil Penguin Blog

Love present-day penguins… and robots? Have fun watching this.

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You are studying how changes in an organism’s environment can sometimes benefit its survival and sometimes harm it. You have learned that ecosystems can change gradually or dramatically. When they do, some plants and animals can survive and reproduce while others move to new locations or disappear forever.

Today you viewed a portion of the BBC program “Ice Age Giants.”  I know many of you wanted to see the entire program so I have embedded episode 1 from YouTube.

This video is hosted on YouTube, you should ask your parents if it’s ok to watch.

Add a comment to share your thoughts and questions!

Ohio Pond Ecosystem Project of Science 2013

Chloe, Lindsay, and Kendall have each earned one Independent Project point toward their Science score.

Their model depicts an Ohio pond ecosystem. Included are examples of organisms that live in the pond and those that live near and around the pond. The model also shows examples of habitat (the nonliving parts of the ecosystem).

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Godzillus fossil under examination

Godzillus fossil under examination

DAYTON, Ohio (theBlaze) — Experts are trying to figure out what a fossil dubbed “Godzillus” used to be.

The 150-pound fossil recovered last year in northern Kentucky is more than 6 feet long and 3 feet wide. To the untrained eye, it looks like a bunch of rocks or a concrete blob. Experts are trying to determine whether it was an animal, mineral or a form of plant life from a time when the Cincinnati region was underwater.

Scientists at a Geological Society of America meeting viewed it Tuesday at the Dayton Convention Center in Ohio.

“We are looking for people who might have an idea of what it is,” said Ben Dattilo, an assistant professor of geology at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Scientists say the fossil is 450 million years old. University of Cincinnati geologist Carl Brett said it’s the largest fossil ever extracted from that era in the Cincinnati region.

“This is the ultimate cold case,” said Ron Fine, the Dayton, Ohio, amateur paleontologist who spotted the fossil on a hillside last year and gave it its name.

“Like Godzilla, it’s a primordial beast that found its way to the modern era,” Fine said. Now 43, he’s been collecting fossils since age 4, and said he saw part of this one on a hillside off Kentucky 17 nearly a year ago.

“Most fossils around here are small, the size of your thumbnail or your thumb,” he said. “This thing’s huge.”

He said it could be an early form of seaweed or kelp.

“This one has us stumped,” said David Meyer, another UC geology professor. Fine shared his find last September at a meeting of the Dry Dredgers, a group of amateur geologists.

Meyer, who wrote a book called “A Sea Without Fish” about the era, said the fossil has intricate patterns that remind him of “goose flesh. Some of its surface also looks like scales. But this thing is not boney. It is not a fish.”

He guesses it could have been something like a sponge.

“Cincinnati was covered by a sea, 100 to 200 feet deep,” Meyer said. “Primitive shellfish lived in it. But no fish.”

Read More – From Wikipedia

Godzillus is the tentative name of a 450 million years old fossil discovered in a rock layer near Covington, Kentucky by amateur paleontologist Ron Fine, of the Cincinnati Dry Dredgers. The reassembled fossil had a roughly elliptical shape with multiple lobes totaling almost 7 feet in length and is believed by Fine to have been nine-feet tall when upright. Others, such as David L. Meyer, of the University of Cincinnati geology department, believe it to be a fossilized mat of algae.

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