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Animals: Identifying Bones

These sites are about how to identify different animal bones. View many pictures of animal skulls and see how they differ. Includes online games and hands-on activities. There are links to eThemes Resources on dissecting owl pellets, invertebrates and vertebrates, and fossils.


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This activity is designed to help students compare the bones found in a fossil dig to the bone structure of living organisms.
Explore the keys to Insectivore, Chiroptera, Lagomorpha, Rodentia, Carnivore, Artidactyla, and notes on Peromysscus.
Explore the similarities and differences between human and animal bones.
This site is about animal skulls. Click on "Structure and Function" to view different skulls. You can rotate them to see different views. Requires QuickTime.
This interactive site allows you to compare skeletons of a human, baboon, and gorilla. You can choose which bone to view, then highlight the different parts.
This site has a game on skeletons plus information about how animals' skeletons adapt to their habitat.
This 16-page PDF file includes resources on how to identify skulls of different animals. Learning activities, worksheets, and a vocabulary list are among the items included.
This interactive site includes three dimensional views of dog skeletons in the round.
Scroll through the images to see how a rabbit's body decomposes over time so that only the skeleton remains.
A two-page .pdf file provides description of teeth of different animal types. Include test questions and answers for students to identify animals from their bones and teeth.
These sites focus on fossils and include information about paleontologists, dinosaurs, and petrification. View photographs of actual fossils. Includes a link to an eThemes Resource on dinosaurs.
These sites explain how vertebrates and invertebrates are classified in the animal kingdom. There is information about the five groups of vertebrates (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals) and the seven phylums of invertebrates (sponges, coelenterates, echinoderms, worms, mollusks, and arthropods). Includes games that have students guess a type of animal based upon clues about its characteristics. There is a link to an eThemes Resource on identifying bones. For more information about specific animal species, browse our alphabetical listing of eThemes.
These sites have information about barn owls, owl pellets, and the children's book "There's an Owl in the Shower." View a live image of a barn owl and watch several videos.

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