Item EN052001: A scientist studying the fossils of an extinct species of fish could discover what anatomical features the extinct species had, and he could discover similarities and differences between the features of the extinct fish and those of currently existing fish.

A scientist finds some fossils of an extinct species of fish. Which of the following could he do by studying the fossils?

  1. He could discover what anatomical features the extinct species had, and he could discover similarities and differences between the features of the extinct fish and those of currently existing fish.
  2. He could discover what anatomical features the extinct species had, but he could not discover any similarities and differences between the features of the extinct fish and those of currently existing fish.
  3. He could discover similarities and differences between the features of the extinct fish and those of currently existing fish, but he could not discover what anatomical features the extinct species had.
  4. He could neither discover similarities and differences between the features of the extinct fish and those of currently existing fish, nor could he discover what anatomical features the extinct species had.

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Percent of students responding correctly

Overall55%
Grades 6–851%
Grades 9–1260%
Male54%
Female55%
Primary Language is English54%
Primary Language is not English54%

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