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Follow a Fossil
Students learn about the entire process of fossil preservation from
field work to the museum display.
This activity is
available from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
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Fossils in Time
What are the main
steps of fossil collection?
includes prospecting, excavation, preparation, curation,
research, and exhibiting.
groups depending on computer availability
with Internet access
Background: Many museums support
paleontology expeditions and fossil research. The
paleontologist who discovered the hadrosaur print in Aniakchak
National Monument, Tony Fiorillo, works for the Dallas Museum of
Nature and Science. The Denver Museum of Nature and Science
describes the process of finding new fossils and exhibiting them in
students into three groups: vertebrates, invertebrates and plants
students go to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science's
Follow a Fossil website
will read about hunting vertebrate, invertebrate, and plant fossils
depending on their group assignment. Students may read the
pages alone or in groups.
4. As a class, review the
What are the six steps of fossil hunting described by the Denver
Museum of Nature and Science?
What do paleontologists do in each step and where do they do it: in
the field or in the museum?
How do the steps differ for vertebrates, invertebrates and plants?