Make Your Own Paper Fossils (PDF)

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Trilobite fossil

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United States Department of the Interior (DOI), United States Geological Survey (USGS)


This report illustrates how two organisms, a trilobite and a nautiloid, became fossils. The report is intended to help students and others visualize the size and shape of a trilobite and a nautiloid, the environment in which they lived, and the circumstances of their fossilization and subsequent discovery. By studying the animations and paper models, students will come to understand why fossils are important in interpreting the Earth's history. Included are templates for making the paper models and instructions for their assembly.

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