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Lec 9 Megafauna extinctions

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Wed. Sept 23 To Do List New World Megafauna Extinctions • Hypothesis-Data-Expectations Review of Drivers of Environmental Change What really happened…
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Megafauna Extinctions
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Huge Environmental Change What happened??? What caused it???
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Scientific Method 1. Observe a phenomenon. 2. Formulate a hypothesis. 3. Design an experiment(s) to test the hypothesis. 4. Perform the experiment(s). 5. Accept, reject, or modify the hypothesis.
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Archaeology and the Scientific Method 1. Observe a phenomenon. 2. Formulate a hypothesis. 3. Design research plan (data, analytical methodology, expectations) to test the hypothesis. 4. Implement the research design. 5. Accept, reject, or modify the hypothesis.
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Your Task Make observations What is the pattern? What happened (and when)? Formulate a hypothesis Propose and explanation for the observations. Must be able to test with additional data. Determine what additional data are necessary to evaluate that hypothesis What other information (archaeological/paleocological) are necessary to figure out what happened?
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