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Ancient bones, modern problems: One scientist's trash is another scientist's data

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Overview:
Learn how scientists reuse and upcycle their data, while following graduate student Maria Viteri as she investigates ancient and modern small mammal communities.

Author/Source:
UCMP

Grade:
9-12

Discipline:
Life Science, Nature and Process of Science

Time:
20 minutes

Concepts:
Correspondence to the Next Generation Science Standards is indicated in parentheses after each relevant concept. See our conceptual framework for details.

  • Scientists can test ideas about events and processes long past, very distant, and not directly observable.

  • Raw data must be analyzed and interpreted before we can tell whether a scientific idea is likely to be accurate or inaccurate. (P4, P5)

  • Scientists try to be objective and work to identify and avoid bias.

  • Researchers share their findings with the scientific community through scientific publications. (P8)

  • Scientists aim for their studies to be replicable.

  • Science depends on communication within the scientific community. (P7, P8)

  • Scientists scrutinize each other's work through peer review and other processes. (P7, NOS5)

  • Scientists are influenced by their personal experiences and cultures. (NOS7)

  • Scientific research is often focused on topics with the potential to help meet societal needs.

  • Scientific knowledge informs public policies and regulations that promote our health, safety, and environmental stewardship.

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