California Biodiversity

Animal Skull Morphology


Grades 4–5

Structures and Processes (4-LS1.A), (4-LS1-1), (4-LS1-2)

Grades 6–8

Structures and Processes (MS-LS1-4)

Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics (MS-LS2-1), (MS-LS2-4)

Measurement and observation of the anatomical traits of California animal skulls reveal patterns and clues about them and how they interact with their environment. Features that are shared as well as those that are unique to a species reveal past and present adaptations to changing habitats. Students will explore a range of skulls and learn about the structure and function of their features.