In this worksheet, we will practice on developing our understanding of fossils and of how they form.
What is a fossil?
- AFossils are animals that are extinct.
- BFossils are the remains of once living animals or plants.
- CFossils are a type of shell.
- DFossils are a type of insect.
The image below shows animals whose species have died out. What name is given to animals that no longer exist?
The photograph shows stromatolite fossils found in rocks in Western Australia. These fossils are believed to be the oldest known fossils ever found.
They were formed by ancient blue-green algae and are estimated to be about 3.5 billion years old.
What do these fossils tell us about life on Earth?
Hint: Algae are aquatic plants (they live in water).
- AThere was life in Earth’s oceans 3.5 billion years ago.
- BDinosaurs lived on Earth 3.5 billion years ago.
- CAnimals lived on Earth 3.5 billion years ago.
What is amber?
- AFossilized leaves
- BFossilized dinosaur eggs
- CFossilized tree sap
- DFossilized insects
What does a paleontologist do?
- AA paleontologist studies humans and their customs, beliefs, and relationships.
- BA paleontologist studies the fossilized remains of plants and animals.
- CA paleontologist studies the solar system (the Sun, Moon, stars, and planets).
- DA paleontologist studies the man-made objects that people who lived long ago left behind.
What name is given to a scientist who studies fossils?