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Fossils 101

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    Read about the paragraph about William "Strata" Smith
    • What are index fossils?
    Work through the trace fossil activity
    • What are three possible areas of this environment that can create a fossil of the dead beast?
    • Why are trace fossils more common than body fossils?
    • List 5 types of trace fossils.
    • Describe coprolites.
    • How do trace fossils tell paleontologists about ancient environments?
    • Under Who Dunnit?, click on Search by Critter. Find the world's smallest footprint of a dinosaur. Why were the prints so small?
    • For the dinosaur in the last question, how could they tell the dinosaur was small?