The discovery of the Cambrian fossils in the Burgess Shale was a landmark event for scientists all over the world. In a relatively short period of time over 10,000 new species representing almost every known body plan emerged changing the primordial landscape forever. These unique fossils provided scientists with crucial insights into animal evolution allowing them to make connections between prehistoric creatures millions of years old and modern day organisms.But there is one important question that remains unanswered that continues to challenge paleontologists: What caused this "explosion" of life?
The Lesson Plan Packet includes a comprehensive video assessment worksheet, critical thinking essay, matching word game, body plan comparison, drawing activity and Arthropod insert featuring the first complex life forms and the Cambrian Period. This packet is based on the award winning video "First Life with David Attenborough" (2018)(BBC) and it never fails to captivate audiences with the latest discoveries, engaging narration and impressive graphics. This module is an excellent introductory supplement into the origins of life, fossilization, natural selection, Arthropods, comparative anatomy and of course, the rise of the dinosaurs. This module will consume at least one week and requires access to the Internet, and an LCD projector.