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Dinosaur Bone Experiments


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Dinosaur Bone Experiments

This activity features two connected hands-on activities about dinosaur bones. Using chicken or turkey bones and regular household items, learners explore the scientific process of studying fossilized bones. By exposing the bones to vinegar or heat, learners begin to understand how paleontologists use chemical processes to study the bones of animals long dead and gone. Use this bone-themed activity around the Thanksgiving holiday and repurpose some leftovers.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 7 days

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Type:
Experiment/Lab Activity

Language:
English

Materials List


  • 2 chicken or turkey bones (drumstick or thigh are best)
  • pot of water for boiling
  • jar with lid
  • ordinary white vinegar
  • pan or cookie sheet
  • paper towels

Subjects


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth's History
      • Dinosaurs
  • Life Sciences
    • Cells
      • Chemistry of Life
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
      • Chemical Reactions
      • Acids and Bases
      • Chemistry of Life
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations

Informal Categories


  • Animals
  • Food and Cooking

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


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Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • Center for Technology Innovation, Lawrence Hall of Science

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Regents of the University of California, ©2005

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