Fossils (Science Experiments)
Forming other fossils
Making an Impression: In which soil environment does a fossil most easily form?
Design Your Own Experiment
From dinosaurs to prehistoric humans, fossils provide a glimpse into Earth's past events, environment, and life forms. are the remains or traces of ancient organisms. Fossils can range in age from a mere ten thousand years to several billion years old. They can be microscopic or hundreds of feet long. From the Latin word fossilis, meaning something dug up, fossils are found on every continent. Scientists who study fossils are called paleontologistsScientist who studies the life of past geological periods as known from fossil remains..
Studying fossils has revealed a wealth of data about Earth's 4.6 billion-year-old history, including its past geography, weather, animals, plants, biodiversity, and how life has changed over time. Fossils can provide information on past environmental conditions. Different types of plants, for example, require specific temperature, acidity, and amounts of water to live. By studying fossils, scientists can also determine an ancient animal's age, health, eating habits, and...
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