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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.

Teaching Resources from the Education Resources Network

Curricula & Instruction Resources

Sauropod Bones
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Explore classroom activities about dinosaurs, geologic time, plate tectonics, fossils, and more...

Cross-bedding in Sandstone
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Scientists often determine the correct sequence of sedimentary rock layers using the fossils...

Dinosaur bones in Drumheller, Alberta
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students may be able to tell you how long ago dinosaurs lived, but it is difficult to...

 

Teaching Media Resources

Sediments in Lake Red Rock, Iowa
Resource Type: Presentations

This filmstrip and accompanying text were discovered in the archives of the Iowa Geological...

Iowa Clarion soil profile
Resource Type: Presentations

This filmstrip and accompanying text were discovered in the archives of the Iowa Geological...

Centosaurus head fossil
Resource Type: Videos or Animations

Join student paleontologist, Adam Marsh, on a journey through time as he explores the ancient...

 

Outreach Programs

Paleontologist at Dinosaur National Monument
Resource Type: Commemorative Days and Events

Annual event to celebrate fossils during the Wednesday of Earth Science Week; Location: national...

Brooks Coal Mine, Colorado, circa 1905
Resource Type: Location-based Outreach Programs

The Weis isn’t your grandfather’s museum full of dusty old glass cases — although we’ve got some...

World Earthquake Epicenters
Resource Type: Online Outreach Programs

Maps, factsheets, pamphlets and brochures on Maryland Geology; Location: Baltimore, MD