This week, we are learning about the evidence we have found for evolution.
Do you remember what we learnt about Darwin? Darwin noticed that there were small differences between species of animals which matched well with their habitats. For example, tortoises who lived near tall plants had long necks. He said that this was because those tortoises who could reach the nutritious leaves grew to be strong and healthy and were able to mate. This meant that this adaptation was more likely to be passed on so that their offspring would also have long necks. Over time, their necks grew longer and longer.
Today, we are going to begin to look at the evidence Where can we find evidence of plants and animals from the past which are now extinct? From fossils, of course!
The exercise you are going to do today should refresh your memory of what fossils are and how they are formed. Strengthen your knowledge by researching in any books you might have or looking on the internet.
This website has a great video which explains fossilisation really well: https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/how-are-fossils-formed.html
Watch the video and then choose an activity sheet: either do * sheet by ordering the pictures and matching the text or do the *** sheet by ordering the pictures and writing a paragraph beside each picture to explain this stage of the process.