The Fossilization Game

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Paleontologist excavating fossils in Colorado's Dry Mesa Quarry

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The Fossilization Game is a role-playing fantasy activity that helps children understand fossilization processes. Students should be able to identify the conditions necessary for fossilization: hard parts (organisms that possess these have a much better chance of fossilization), rapid burial, and favorable conditions after burial.

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