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One possible question: Which level of Bloom's Taxonomy does this question fall into?Explain WHY this question fits into the Bloom's level that you chose.
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What are some hypothetical dinosaurs that fit into unfilled biological niches or are transition species? What would they look like?Analysing
I'm analyzing already existing species and seeing what would logically fit in. I'm analyzing the data the scientists have found and making my own hypothesese.
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how can i recreate the fossilization processCreatingbecause it isnt a one answer question. it has to be prooven
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How do humans compare to other species in the past that have had dominance over Earth?Analysing
Because I'll be taking data from humans and other species in the past and comparing them to each other.
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How would some small factor affect the lives of the dinosaurs? (e.g. heat, plants) Could you show this? Would some species be extinct earlier?
Creating
I'm creating a hypothetical scenario using the information from earlier scientists.
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How do humans compare to other species in the past that have had dominance over Earth?Analysing
Because I'll be taking data from humans and other species in the past and comparing them to each other.
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Why do things fossilize at a different rate under certain conditions? Why does it matter how fast things fossilize?Evaluating
This question is an evaluate question because you be doing a lot of research about fossilization, and you would have to evaluate different research from different places to come to one conclusion.
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Could I create a diorama to teach people about fossilization etc.Creating
I could create a diorama explaining the fossilization and create it to show people and teach people about it.
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Why do some fossils fossilize faster than others and why does it matter? How does that affect our discoveries.Analysing
It is an analyze question because it is a why question, and involves researching and discovering which fall into the analyze category.
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Can I create a solution to speed up fossilization?CreatingIt fits into create because this question requires creating.
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Could I create/hypothisise a way to speed up the fossilization process without changing the fossil? How does that affect what we find? How have different fossilization rates affected what we have found.
Creating
This is a creating question because before I begin I have to fully understand the fossilization process and understand what affects fossilization rates. Additionally, after that I will try and create a way to speed up fossilization and maybe create a game to teach people about it afterwards.
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Can I create a new way to show the non-linearity of evolution by representing it in a visual diagram or other medium?Analysing
Because this project would have a lot to do with comparing and contrasting ans well as finding relation ships and creative ways of explanation I think it would be more like an analyze question.
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Why do people research and care about dinosaurs?Analysing
This is and analyZing (Lindsey you spelled analyzing wrong!) question because you would have to separate and investigate different parts of research and come up with an answer (which would probably have some opinion), based off of the research you did.
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Why do people research and care about dinosaurs?Analysing
This is and analyZing (Lindsey you spelled analyzing wrong!) question because you would have to separate and investigate different parts of research and come up with an answer (which would probably have some opinion), based off of the research you did.
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What could we create to show the diversity of anomalocarids to teach people about this little known group?Creating
because i would create something to teach people about this not very well known group and why it was important etc.
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Why did apex predators evolve to stop hunting and become herbivores and filter feeders?Analysing
This is an analyze question because I am finding how and why animals changed as the did.
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How can I create an artificial fossil to fully understand the process of fossilization?Creating
It is a create question because I am composing an visual aid, that will require a lot of research and work.
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How can I create an artificial fossil to fully understand the process of fossilization?Creating
It is a create question because I am composing an visual aid, that will require a lot of research and work.
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What were the advantages and disadvantages of different ways dinosaurs hunted?Analysing
Because I'll be looking at the different ways dinosaurs hunted and how it affected them.
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How can I create an artificial fossil to fully understand the process of fossilization?Creating
It is a create question because I am composing an visual aid, that will require a lot of research and work.
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How can we predict evolutionary trends in a scientific and precise way?Creating
This would involve a new invention to figure out how to predict things so I think it would be create.
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Could I create a simulation of how one change in the environment can leave a big affect on how dinosaurs evolve/ how they develop into an animal that can survive in its certain habitat?
Creating
This is a creating level question because I would be learning about evolution and the affects changes in history have in the future, and based off of that try and make a simulation of what would happen if one thing was changed.
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What are some niche roles that were not filled? Could we make a speculative art book?AnalysingYou have to research the life at the time and think others
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Is is possible to create a simulation to speed up fossilization and use it to teach students?Creating
Because I would be creating or at least simulating a creation process to help teach students about fossilization and use it as a tool.
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What as of yet undiscovered animals could exist to fill the niches in the prehistoric ecosystemEvaluating
This project requires the paleontologist to evaluate the ecosystem they are looking at to discover what kinds of undiscovered animals could have existed
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What caused the transition in between invertebrates and vertebrates and can I simulate the change? Creating
Because I would be creating a simulation or diagram showing the change over time.
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why do things petrifyAnalysingbecause its a simple analasys
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What are common misconceptions about fossils or fossil diversity? How could we educate people about it?Creating
I'd be creating a display or educatory method t teach people about things.
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Could *I* create a new possible way of feeding that could evolve. CreatingThis has not happened yet, so it would be creating.
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Why did big predators evolve into gentle giants?Analysing
it is at this level because you have to look over a lot of info. to figure out my conclusion.
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How did an animals teeth affect both itself and it's surroundings?AnalysingBecause I'm seeing how the teeth affected it.
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How do different parts of the body affect the chance of fossilization?Analysing?
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What are the different ways things can fossilize, and is it mostly affected by the climate?Analysing
It is a analyze question because it is not an open ended question and doesn't involve a visual aid, but it is still a discovery question.
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What can fossilized footprints tell us that fossilized bones can't?Evaluating
This is an evaluating question because you have to select certain information and research projects and then you have to come up with a hypothesis as to why fossilized footprints tell us something that fossilized bones can't.
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how could we create simulations of fossilization
Creating
it requires a lot of work to complete and is a very complex question
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When we look at zygomatic arches and other skull features in mammals, can we tell WHY they change so much?EvaluatingBecause I will make a diagram to teach kids
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How did fur evolve? Why? When?AnalysingI analyze why fur evolved in prehistoric animals
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As life progressed, what similarities do we see between humans and life at different stages throughout earth's history .How did they build on each other?
Analysing
This is an Analyzing question because I would be learning about evolution and applying it into what we know about humans and their genes and some of the earlier oranisms and their genes.
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How could we create a simulation of dinosaurs fossilizing?Creating
I could CREATE a simulation showing fossilization and how it works, teaching people why it works and how it works
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How are each of the major extinctions similar?Analysing
It is an analyzing question because I am analyzing the characteristics from each extinction and how they impacted the ecosystem and then comparing them.
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How could we make a simulation that shows how the dinosaurs went extinct?CreatingIt is designing something. Creating something.
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How can we change the way that we research and identify fossils?Creating
Because we are creating a new way to research and identify fossils.
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How are certain plants from the "Dinosaur ages" still here today? Even if there aren't that many, how did they survive?Evaluating
My question is under analyzing because it's basically monitoring the evolve stages of these certain plants.
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How can we make a simulation of a primeval timeCreatingThe question is constructing and developing a simulation
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Why did the saber tooth tiger evolve the way it did, with the giant teeth. Why parts of the teeth worked and what parts didn't.AnalysingBecause you analyze all the facts and come up with a conclusion.
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I found a fossil a while back on a beach, so I think it would be cool to try to figure out what animal/plant the fossil is, if I can find it.....AnalysingAnalyse stuff to come to a conclusion.
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What are the theories behind why so many species go extinct each day? Why do YOU think they do? Given our current world, what might be a useful thing to prevent so much extinction?
Analysing
I would say that for this question, you have to evaluate data- that is, collect notes and information on the topic of extinction of species. It doesn't require you to create anything, so it doesn't fall under that category, and research isn't the ONLY thing you're doing, so I think that it is evaluating. You have to analyze data and then form your own opinion around it.
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How can we speed up fossilization?Evaluating
Solving this question would require you to back up and support a theoretical design to speed up fossilization.
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Would it matter today if blue/green algae never existed or still existed today?Evaluating
This is an evaluating question because it can end up solving an area on how algae actually did affect us back then versus now! It's solving... Kinda.
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How could we create a model to clearly explain why the Homo neandethalensis died out and the Homo sapiens survived? Analysing
I think this is an analyse question because it requires you to not only understand the key differences between the two species, but to "analyse" how different features affect different things, and clearly display this in a model.
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Could I make a game that correctly simulates the mass extinction of animals? That is, could I have a user pick the animal he or she thought would survive in a mass extinction based on researched details?
CreatingIt's creating stuff, so I don't think there's any other option.
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Could I create a creature that takes the best characteristics from all of the creatures from one era so it could be dominant?Creating
It is creating because I am combining the best characteristics of all creatures from an era (undecided yet) and make the best creature.
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Could I make a game that correctly simulates the mass extinction of animals? That is, could I have a user pick the animal he or she thought would survive in a mass extinction based on researched details?
CreatingIt's creating stuff, so I don't think there's any other option.
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What situations change the speed at which things are fossilized? How can humans alter the pace of fossilization? ex. a theoretical machineCreatingBecause I would be creating a design for a theoretical machine.
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What was the influence on teeth and body size? How did it affect the life style of that human-thing?
Analysing
This is an analyzing because it I am comparing the skulls and analyzing why they do what they do.
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Question 1: How are plant fossils formed? Why are they important? Why is finding them Important?Analysing
This question fits into analyzing because I'm making taking info apart and exploring the relationships. Why are they Important to us? Animals?
*Side note: Would I be able to look for petrified wood/other plant fossils here in seattle? Would that be possible?
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How is convergent evolution possible?Understanding
The guy who came to talk to us about it, but knowing the answer would require you to understand everything he said.
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of the different ways dinosaurs hunted, how do we know how they hunted, and how does that affect their lifestyle?
Analysing
I think that it should be an analyzing question because its a question that is facts that you need to remember, but a question that you have to have knowledge about, and that you have to put your personal opinion into.
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How did the evolution of the different homo species affect they way societies and communities were built then, and are now?Analysing
This is an analyse question because it has the answer-er explore past differences and compare them to now a day behavioral systems.
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How would we have evolved differently if the entire monkey species didn't exist? What would we have looked like? Would we have been alive at all?
Evaluating
This falls under the category of Evaluating because I'll be examining information about the monkeys connection to the humans. And I'll be making judgments based on it.
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How are dinosaur's internal anatomy similar to animals today? Why is it important to know?Evaluating
It is not categorizing anything or creating anything, but in between, so it's an evaluate question.
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Is there a way for us to create a way to speed up the fossilization process?Creating
Because you are attempting to create a way to speed up the fossilization process.
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Why do/don't species that existed millions of years ago still exist? How do scientists find out this information? Why is it important?Analysing
I think this is kind of between analyzing and evaluating. I will be analyzing some species and why they did or didn't survive. This is a analyze question because I think this is somewhat evaluating because question because I would also be researching and explaining why it matters.
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why don't people have a good understanding of Cambrian life, and is it something that everyone should know?Analysing
It's an analyzing question because it lacks the need for the answer-er to really go deep into what they believe, but it still makes them go into their personal belief and what they think the answer should be.
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Can I look at each of the environments that separate winged things evolved(convergent evolution), analyze the differences and similarities in the environments, and see how having wings is effected by the environment.
Analysing
I am analyzing the environments and how the different winged things.
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Why were there so many giant animals in the ice age? Why is it important to understand this? How does this represent trends in evolution?Analysing
Because I will be analyzing theories and information to form my hypothesis. It will be gathering info from different resources and answering different questions to make a more concrete presentation.
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If evolution didn't happen, what would we be now?Analysing
This is an analyzing question because I will see what would have happened, and I will figure out what we would have looked like.
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Could humans survive in a prehistoric time period like the Jurassic and if so, for how long?Analysing
It would involve the comparing the Jurassic period to our current day world and then drawing new conclusions from that data and research.
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Why did so few dinosaur fossil evolve in the NW and why did they evolve in other places in the world. And why did the dinosaurs that evolve were vary large.
Evaluating
This question is an evaluating question because it requires to apply and understand certain information and then evaluate it so that you can create a conclusion.
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What species still exists from 1 million years ago? Why were some more able to adapt or survive more than others? How did the species evolve to now?
Analysing
This question fits the analysis because that is exactly what you have to do. You have to analyze the traits animals had and apply your facts to come up with a believable answer.
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What caused the mass extinctions, and how? How could some species have survived? How can we use these to predict mass extinctions in the future?
Evaluating
I think it's evaluate, because you have to understand, evaluate, and predict based on scientific knowledge.
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Why did humans evolve to have some of the seemingly random, unique features that they have today, and how do those features benefit humans in specific?
Analysing
On my Boom's taxonomy sheet, some of the words under "Analyzing" are 'investigating,' 'discovering,' and 'researching.' I am going to analyze some of the seemingly random features that only humans have (e.g. nipples in men), and explore how they may have benefitted us thousands of years ago. Then I'll discover WHY we still have them and why they didn't get eliminated throughout the course of evolution as they became less and less useful. I am seriously considering this as my final project question but I'm not sure...
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What can I create that would help people understand how dinosaur tracks help us learn about their behavior?Creating
It's a creating question because I'll be designing some sort of presentation that helps people learn about dinosaur tracks and there benefits.
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Are there anyways that we can gain more information about an organism from skeleton that we aren't already exploiting?Creating
My question is creating level because I will have to research new technologies, and then design a process to analyze fossils with this new technology.
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Why have certain species evolved/survived mass extinctions? Is there a common theme, and why is this important? How can we use this to predict future survival?
Creating
My question fits into the creating category because it is using information to make and support a theory.
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Where did viruses originate? Did they appear before or after bacteria? How did they affect bacterial evolution? How did viruses change the course of early evolution and what are the aftereffects of that (like what would life have evolved to be like today without viruses)?

Evaluating
This question requires not only the time that viruses originated and how they affected bacterial/early organism evolution (which would be an analyze question), but also requires the application of evolutionary principles to determine what life could be like without the appearance of viruses.
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What could have caused predators to evolve and become not predators, and why? How could we use this to predict the future?Analysing
I think it is between analyze and evaluate because you have to analyze what happened and why, and you also have to evaluate to predict the future.
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Are the transition bones the most useful? or are they the least useful and that's why they are evolving?Analysing
This fits into the Analying section because you have to anylize the usefulness and figure out whether or not it is useful, then see if it evovles to be more useful.
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What kind of environments lead to an increase in brain size? What features tend to evolve around the same time that the brain size increases (like are there specific features that orangutans and primates both evolved just before increasing in brain size?
Analysing
This question involves analyzing the environments in which large-brained creatures evolved in, as well as determining which features seem to come with a larger brain.
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Why did so many mammoths evolve in the NW area. and why did they evolve as opposed to dinosaurs.Analysing
You have to analyse some data and then come to a conclusion with the data.
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Why are the bucket fish extinct? what happened or changed to make them not be able to live in their environment anymore?Evaluating
it is evaluation because you are analyzing and evaluating the habitat features of the bucket fish and what changed in there.
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What would the Earth be like if humans were not the supposedly "Top Species?" What would it be like if a different species had evolved to, in some ways, "rule the world?" How would the Earth and its environment be different or similar?
Evaluating
This is an evaluating question because I would be validating and assessing (both words under the Evaluating section in my science notebook) a hypothetical situation in which humans were not the primary species on Earth. I suppose that there are theories about this topic but since it didn't happen, there's no actual proof, so I would be making my own evaluation on this topic based on available evidence.
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If dinosaurs lived for so long, then why didn't they develop more intelligence? Why did primates develop intelligence faster? Analysing
This is an analysing question because I am going to have to distinguish the features between the two races and try to hypothesize why they evolved different traits.
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What is the current knowledge of prehistoric Washington state and how could we spread that knowledge to more peopleAnalysing
This question fits into analyzing because I would have to analyze the current amount of knowledge know about the prehistory of Washington state, the apply by educating more "students" about this topic.
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Were homo-sapiens more intelligent than neanderthals? How do we know? How did this effect the outcome of this species. Evaluating
This is an evaluating question because you have to evaluate evidence of how smart the two species are.
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What are the common misconceptions about dinosaurs; specifically, "what makes a dinosaur?" How prevalent are these misconceptions.Creating
This is a creating question because I would compose a survey asking people what they think about, "what is a dinosaur?" For example, I would ask people if they thought that a pterodactyl was a dinosaur?
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How do Paleontologists know where to look for fossils, and why is this important?Analysing
Applying is examining and differentiating, and that is what I will be doing with my research. I also will be questioning why this is important.
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What inter species interactions took place (besides predatory situations) how do we know and how does that improve our understanding of prehistoric times?
Evaluating
This question fits into the evaluating category because I will have to evaluate different scientists takes on inter species interactions
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Why does evolution and natural selection take what it can get? Why do natural selection and sexual selection contradict each other? Would it make more sense in the long term to have the most useful feature of the animal be the one that is most sexually attractive, and why is this important? How would species look/act different if this was the case?
Creating
This question falls into the create category because it involves composing a theory about what a species would look like if the balance between sexual and natural selection was different.
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What made certain skulls evolve to be they way they are? Weather? location? Why did this happen and how did it help that animal or challenge the animal that had that skull? Can you tell just by looking at them and comparing them to each other? Why is this important?
Analysing
It is an analysing question because it is asking what made something the way that it is but them it also asks why this happened and how we know. Basically more detail into why it was the way it was.
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How can scientists know how old a fossil is, and why is this important? Do all the fossils from one era and one species all in one place or are they dispersed in the whole Earth? How can scientists tell?
Analysing
I will be researching how scientists can tell how old a fossil is, and I will be questioning why it is important for scientists to know. I will also be comparing where fossils from the same era and species show up around the Earth. Which would be either in the same place, or in different places around the Earth.
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How do living fossils survive hundreds of millions of years and the mass extinctions without changing? And why is this important? Evaluating
I am evaluating the affects and importance of the knowledge we get from them.
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Why did certain types of teeth affect how the animal live at that time and what where they used for? in that time period that the animal lived in, would there be better teeth for them to have that they did? How can or did we find the information about the teeth already from the teeth themselves? is there a way to show it? Why does this matter?
Analysing
It is Analysing and Evaluating because you are first gathering all the info that you need and they you are going deeper and asking if there where to be better teethe for that animal to have.?
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What would have happened if there had not been a mass extinction 65 million years ago and what would life be like today.Analysing
This is an analyzing question for a couple of reasons. First, I have to analyze the data, then I would have to make decisions based on the most likely outcome of something. Also, I would have to base a lot of things on opinion or a little bit of a guess, which can be hard, but also a good learning experience.
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Why did the jaw size differ between species of the homo family. And why did these jaws benefit them for there certain area of living?Analysing
You have a to analyse and find a way to come with a conclusion for why it did this.
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Why did hominids evolve to have different skulls, and what does that tell us about how they lived and ate?Analysing
My question is definitely analyzing, because I will be comparing skulls, examining the skull shapes, questioning why the skulls are in that shape, and I am using the comparison of the skulls to see how the hominids lived and what they ate.
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Is there a way that we can predict the course that human evolution will take hundreds or even thousands of years in the future? How might these kinds of discoveries be feasible?
Creating
This would fall under Creating because it would involve creating some kind of model, system, or at least method of making a rough prediction of the course that evolution will take. This would be, of course, based on the patterns in past evolution that we currently know about, so it wouldn't be 100% accurate, but it could help us know more about evolution and the future of our species.
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Why were animals like giant sloths were so big during the ice age? What circumstance caused animals like the giant sloths and giant elk to die out? What event was so detrimental that all the ginormous creature to become extinct?
Creating
This is a create question because I would hypothesize why I thought that would happen and than do research and try to connect the dots.
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why did australopethicus aforensis have such a thick skull? why is it's forehead and forebrows so prominenet?Analysing
you are looking and finding out about the skull of lucy to figure out why it had certain features.
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