|A BLAST FROM THE PAST!
As you toss and turn in your
sleeping bag you realize that something is very strange. At first
you were too deeply sleeping to figure it out, but when you heard
the noise again, you suddenly were wide awake. "What was that?"
you ask your grandfather who was also awakened by the strange sound.
"I don't know," he said. Even in the dark, you know that he is scared.
You can hear it in his voice. Your grandfather is much older and
wiser than you. You have always looked to him as the "protector,"
and now you wonder just how much protection he will provide from
whatever is out there. You wonder if your parents hear the noise
as well. After all, they are only a few feet away from you in the
motorhome. You hear it again. It is definitely closer than before.
||WHAT'S FOR DINNER?
Together you and your grandfather
decide you better make a run for it soon. You gather up the courage
to look out the door of the tent. What you see takes your breath
away. There is no motorhome. There is no campground. You are in
the middle of a hot, steamy forest. "What is happening? This can't
be real." This time when you hear the animal-like screeching, you
see movement in the trees nearby. "What could be making that awful
sound?" your grandfather whispers. You try to think. It does not
sound like anything you have ever heard before. All of the sudden
it leaps from the trees. "This can't be happening," you tell yourself
again and again. And then you see it. And unfortunately, it sees
you. You have seen pictures of these creatures before, but they
are not supposed to be here, not now. You swallow hard. The Utah
Raptor you see looks hungry.
|WHAT A DREAM!
Even though you might think
your teacher is old enough to have known a dinosaur or two, the
above story is, of course, fiction. Utah Raptors, one of the smartest
and most vicious creatures of its time, no longer wander the hills
and valleys of Utah in search of food. Your scary adventure was
only a bad dream. Life in Utah millions of years ago was much different
than it is today. The only evidence we have of this great predator
is fossils and footprints.
|In this unit you
will learn more about how scientists discover Utah's very distant
past by studying evidence found in the present. You will also learn
more about the rocks and minerals that provide us with clues to a
world we can only imagine. So get ready to rock. This unit is all
about rocks and clues and you.