The Origin & Early Evolution of Mammals


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What characterizes a synapsid?

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1. What was one of the early synapsids?

2. What group evolved from the pelycosaurs?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Many of us are familiar with mammals. But how have mammals evolved and when did they first appear in the animal kingdom? Quiz questions will test your knowledge about things such as synapsids and other specific groups of life forms.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Quiz questions will test you on topics such as:

  • The characteristics of a synapsid
  • Early synapsids
  • Evolution of the pelycosaurs
  • When mammals first evolved
  • Diversity in mammals

Skills practiced

  • Making connections - use your understanding of the evolution timeline to answer quiz questions regarding group-specific evolution
  • Information recall - apply knowledge about when mammalian evolution exploded
  • Knowledge application - access information regarding examples of early synapsids

Additional Learning

By reviewing the lesson entitled The Origin & Early Evolution of Mammals, students can learn more about:

  • Characteristics of mammals
  • The Carboniferous period
  • The era in which dinosaurs lived