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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Gastropod Fossils
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Coprolite Fossil
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Education and Outreach
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Teaching Media Resources

Paleontologist at Dinosaur National Monument
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Dimetrodon skeleton
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Point Sur, California
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Coal power plant, Kentucky
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Paleontologist at Dinosaur National Monument
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World Earthquake Epicenters
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