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Getting Into the Fossil Record
This computer activity provides a basic understanding of what a fossil is and the factors involved in becoming part of the fossil record. It is organized as an informational tour in two sections: one for middle school and one for high school. Students move at a self-selected pace by progressing and answering questions. A teacher's guide contains all necessary instructions as well as lesson plans, handouts, and assessment tools.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Computer activity
    • Guide for instructor
    • Lesson plan
  • Biology
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Paleontology
Technical requirements:
This site works best with a T1 connection.
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 1994-2002 by The University of California Museum of Paleontology, Berkeley, and the Regents of the University of California. All materials appearing on the UCMP Web Servers may not be reproduced or stored in a retrieval system without prior written permission of the publisher and in no case for profit.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-002-402
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • C - Life science:
        • Diversity and adaptations of organisms
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Earth's history
    • 9-12:
      • C - Life science:
        • Biological evolution
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: University of California Museum of Paleontology

Author: Jennifer Johnson
University of California, Berkeley

Author: Kirsten Lindstrom
University of California, Berkeley