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We Can Use Fossils to Learn about Paleoecology
This site explains how to use evidence from fossils to understand the ecology of ancient organisms. Fossils provide clues and together abiotic and biotic factors combine to form complete ecosystems, each with its own unique ecology and history. Predator and prey relationships and dispersal are used as examples to show how fossils can also tell us about biotic factors, such as what organisms are present and how they interact. The site shows how fossils tell many stories about past ecology and that these stories may be about climate, changing environments, and interactions between organisms.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Primary (K-2)
  • Intermediate (3-5)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Tutorial
  • Ecology
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
    • 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-000-000-004-767
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • K-4:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Evolution and equilibrium
        • Systems, order, and organization
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
      • C - Life science:
        • Organisms and environments
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Changes in earth and sky
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: University of California Museum of Paleontology