Awesome Fossils

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Paleontologist excavating fossils in Colorado's Dry Mesa Quarry

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  • Classroom Activities

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National Park Service (NPS), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)

Description: 

Any evidence of past life preserved in a geologic context, such as within rock or sediment, is called a fossil. In this activity, you will work as a paleontologist -- a scientist who studies fossils to understand ancient landscapes, climate, and life on Earth — to find and identify fossils. The National Park Service preserves fossils of many types of organisms and traces evidence of their living behaviors, such as making tracks and burrows. Fossils provide visitors with clues or hints of spectacular landscapes of the past. Because fossils are irreplaceable, it is important to protect them. If you find one in a park, leave the fossil where it is and share your discovery with a park ranger.

Publication Year: 

2018

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Yes

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