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Play-dough Fossils. By: Kelsey Gill, Chris Turner, Emily Bruggeman. Vocabulary. Sediment: mixture of rock, shells, bones, ect. Archeologist: a person who locates and studies fossils. Genus: the usual major subdivision of a family or subfamily in the classification of organisms.

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play dough fossils

Play-dough Fossils

By: Kelsey Gill, Chris Turner, Emily Bruggeman

vocabulary
Vocabulary
  • Sediment: mixture of rock, shells, bones, ect.
  • Archeologist: a person who locates and studies fossils.
  • Genus: the usual major subdivision of a family or subfamily in the classification of organisms.
  • Species: a class of individuals having some common characteristics or qualities.
what is a fossil
What is a fossil?
  • Fossils are the remains of animals and plants which lived prior to historical times.
  • Their study is a special branch of geology known as paleontology.
how is a fossil formed
How is a fossil formed?
  • After an animal dies, it is buried and sediment replaces the body.
  • This sediment eventually turns to rock.
  • Then an impression is made of the inside and outside of the body.
  • A fossil is like a clay mold that resembles what the animal looked liked.
how is a fossil collected
How is a fossil collected?
  • Archeologists search for fossils in places where they believe animals or plants were located.
  • When a fossil is found, it is placed in a bag right away to make sure no more damage is done.
  • A detailed description is written about the fossil. Such as shape and texture.
how are the fossils classified
How are the fossils classified?
  • A fossil has a two part name.
    • The first part is the genus it belongs to.
    • The second part is the species within the genus.
  • For example, human beings or homo sapiens
    • First part homo, is genus that man belongs to.
    • Second part sapiens, is the species of man known today.