Fossils

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A fossil is any evidence of past life. Fossils formed from animal bodies or their imprints are called body fossils. When people think about fossils, they usually think about body fossils. Trace fossils are another kind of fossil. A trace fossil is any evidence of the life activity of an animal that lived in the past. Burrows, tracks, trails, feeding marks, and resting marks are all examples of trace fossils.

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Curricula & Instruction Resources

Sauropod Bones
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Fossils are among the most fascinating objects in nature, giving us an idea of how animals and...

Gastropod Fossils
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A fossil is any evidence of past life preserved in a geologic context, such as within rock or...

Coprolite Fossil
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Have you ever seen a fossil? A fossil is any evidence of past life preserved in sediments or...

 

Teaching Media Resources

Gastropod Fossils
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Fossilized dung beetle balls are part of a comprehensive fossil collection project to...

North American crustal plates and earthquake epicenters
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The breakup of a supercontinent into several smaller continents explains the distribution of...

Galapagos Islands
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These are some of the animal species Charles Darwin would have seen when he visited the...

 

Outreach Programs

T Rex head (bones, fossil)
Resource Type: Location-based Outreach Programs

The world-famous fossil known as “SUE” is the largest, best-preserved, and most complete...

Brooks Coal Mine, Colorado, circa 1905
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The Weis isn’t your grandfather’s museum full of dusty old glass cases — although we’ve got some...

Albertosaurus skeleton
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The Paleontological Research Institution is a national leader in Earth systems science education...