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Fossilization and Adaptation Activities in Paleontology
This activity introduces students to the concepts of time, past life, and fossils. After completing these exercises students will be able to evaluate the importance of fossils to our knowledge of past life, identify conditions necessary for fossilization, construct a possible scenario for formation of fossils, understand how organisms are adapted to their environments, and understand the relationships of modern and ancient communities with their environments.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Primary (K-2)
  • Intermediate (3-5)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
Subject:
  • Ecology
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Paleontology
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 1996-2000 by The Museum of Paleontology of The University of California, Berkeley; the Regents of the University of California; and The Paleontological Society. No part of the referring document residing on the server, may be reproduced or stored in a retrieval system without prior written permission of the publisher, except for educational purposes, and in no case for profit.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-002-419
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • K-4:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Change, constancy, and measurement
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
        • Evolution and equilibrium
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
        • Understanding about scientific inquiry
      • C - Life science:
        • Characteristics of organisms
        • Organisms and environments
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Changes in environments
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: University of California Museum of Paleontology


Author: Brent H. Breithaupt
University of Wyoming