Thermoregulation in Dinosaurs is one of a series of Data Point resources from HHMI Biointeractive. Data Points engage students in analyzing and interpreting data from primary literature in the biological sciences. The resources are intended to provide authentic phenomena to spark student discussion and exploration, but they can also serve as three-dimensional assessment items. In this resource, students interpret a graph which illustrates the correlation between resting metabolic rates and mass for living vertebrate species with different thermoregulation strategies (endotherms, exotherms, and mesotherms) and extinct species of dinosaurs. The resource comes with student and teacher material that include background information which could be eliminated.
The primary source for this Data Point may be found at: http://science.sciencemag.org/content/344/6189/1268.full. (Free registration with AAAS is required for access to this link.)
Additional related materials can be found at: http://scienceintheclassroom.org/research-papers/evidence-mesothermy-dinosaurs/university
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