Fossils Tell a Bigger Story

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Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)


What fossils — evidence of past plant or animal life — can be found in your region, state, city, or neighborhood? You can find out by visiting the websites of organizations like the National Park Service, your state geological survey, and the Paleobiology Database. As a class, discuss how the fossils can be used as evidence to support conclusions about what the environment of your area was like when those organisms lived. In what ways has the area you are mapping changed? In what ways has it remained stable? How might the geologic maps of your area for those times look different than they do today?

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