At one point in time, fossils were living plants or animals. When they died, elements in the environment preserved them, turning them into fossils. Real fossils can be millions and even billions of years old.
When you think of fossils, dinosaur bones encased in rock may first come to mind. But did you know that there are several different types of fossils? Petrified fossils, carbon films, preserved remains, and trace fossils can all teach us something about our world!
Before you get started on your fossil science activity, test your student’s knowledge with this quick fossil quiz:
- What are fossils?
Answer: The preserved remains of plants, animals, and other organisms.
- Where are fossils found?
Answer: In sedimentary rock.
- Why do we study fossils?
Answer: To determine an organism’s anatomy, its way of life, and how it evolved.
- What are the people who study fossils called?
- Have you seen any fossils? If so, what kind?