How would you describe a fossil in a few words?
Fossils are the remains of organisms from the past that have been preserved in rocks. Fossils can tell us about the environment and conditions that existed millions of years ago. Fossils provide evidence of evolution and can help us understand how life has changed over time.
Fossils - An Amazing Look into the Past
Fossilization: The process by which an organism is converted into a fossil. Paleontology: The study of fossils and the reconstruction of ancient life forms from them. Extinction: The death or disappearance of a species due to natural or human causes.
Do you think fossils are interesting?
Most fossilized organisms are marine animals, such as clams, snails, and sea stars. Some fossils are over 3 billion years old! The oldest known fossil is a microorganism called a bacterium.
Draw / write: What evidence can you think of that suggests that fossils can tell us about the past?
Draw / write: What are some of the most interesting things you have learned about fossils?
How have our ideas about fossils changed over time?
How can fossils help us learn more about the history of the Earth?