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Offline sgt minor

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« on: 07/05/2007 11:23:34 »
G'day all,
my 4 year old has been fascinated by whales and dinosaurs for over  ayear now and i would like to be able to explain some things in the most basic ways to him as he is all the time with the "but why"

such as, concept of time gone by? i Know this is a tad out of his league ::) but he loves the stuff and....is there any site that can cater to his inquisitive little mind?

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« Reply #1 on: 07/05/2007 12:19:50 »
At 4 years of age, I think that would make him the youngest on this site, but we have members here who are 8 or 9 years old, and I would like to think we are more than able to welcome a 4 year old, if he would like to pose his questions on here.
 

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« Reply #2 on: 07/05/2007 12:46:40 »
Hi,
these are 2 very frequent questions he has..
"did dinosaurs evolve"
"did (his name) evolve?"

thanks for any reply that can sort of illustrate this

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« Reply #3 on: 07/05/2007 13:11:54 »
Are you asking what did dinosaurs evolve from, or whether dinosaurs evolved into something else, or whether dinosaurs evolved while they were dinsours?

Dinosours are now regarded as in all likelihood to be ancestors of modern birds, so they did evolve into something else (they got smaller, and more specialised as they learned to fly).

For this to happen, ofcourse, dinosaurs also evolved while they were alive (including some species of dinosaurs developing the capability for flight, and these species then survived as modern birds, while other species perished).

I am sure others can probably be more specific with the names of individual species, and the progression of which species derived from which.  I could probably look it up myself, but alas, today I am a little busy, so I hope someone can come along who will be able to roll these facts off from memory.

I am not sure what is meant by "did (his name) evolve"?
 

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« Reply #4 on: 07/05/2007 15:05:30 »
Ahh!
you forget, it is my son asking the question???
it is him, asking did he evolve?

what can i say in his language that will make sense?
yes, u evolved.
but why?

sorry to sound weird [xx(], but i'm just repeating his words.

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« Reply #5 on: 08/05/2007 09:35:58 »
Ok, this first link is from NPR, science friday. It is possibly too old for your son. But it will have a nice accompanying podcast. http://www.sciencefriday.com/kids/sfkc20030404-2.html

The next links are all kid based:

http://www.kathimitchell.com/dinosaur.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sn/prehistoric_life/

Hope they help.
 

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« Reply #6 on: 08/05/2007 17:01:32 »
A possible answer to the did I evolve question.

In order to evolve creatures have to be born live their lives, have children and die.  It is the children that are slightly different from their parents where the evolution takes place.  So he has evolved a bit in that he is a slightly modified mixture of the characteristics of both of his parents and his children witll be slightly different from him.
 

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« Reply #7 on: 11/05/2007 07:04:54 »
Hi,
Paul, excellent sites, many thanks.

Soul surfer, after a few attempts at mentioning your paragraph, my son seems to have gotten some feel of "evolve". Many thanks for your help.

(funny thing happened when we took him for an "interview" for admission into a school next year, they showed him 10 minutes of pictures and to 1 dino pics he corrected her when she said what dino is this?
he said its not a dinosaur
she said but you said the first dino was a dinosaur (brachiosaurus?)
he said yes, this one is a dimetrodon its still evolving
she was in disbelief.

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