• Massive petrified redwood stumps

    Florissant Fossil Beds

    National Monument Colorado

Unit Two: Paleontology

High School Curriculum

Unit Two: Paleontology

Topics Covered
Tree Rings
Fossils
Climate Change

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Unit Two - Complete[3.2mb]

Unit Two - Background

Lesson 1
Dendrochronology[56k]

Lesson 2
Dendrochronology Background[14k]

Lesson 3
Florissant tree rings[504k]

Lesson 4
Orientation to Florissant Fossil Beds[15k]
Orientation Slide Show[12.7mb Microsoft Power Point File]

Lesson 5
Background Materials for Geology of the Front Range and Florissant[1mb]

Lesson 6
Stratigraphic Mapping[7k]

Lesson 7
Paleontology - Fossil Identification[27k]
Fossil ID Packets[6.6mb]
Paper Fossils[2mb]

Lesson 8
Paleontology - Leaf Identification[9k]
Leaf Manual[749k]
Fossil ID Packets[6.6mb]
Paper Fossils[2mb]

Lesson 9
Paleontology - Climate Activity [18k]
Exploring Ecosystems Overheads [1.3mb]
Exploring Ecosystems Slideshow [8mb Microsoft Power Point File]

Exam
Unit Two Exam[10k]

Did You Know?

leaf fossil

In 1922, Fossil Cycad National Monument, in South Dakota, was established as the third NPS area to preserve fossils, however by the mid 1930s all the fossils visible at the surface had been removed, leaving nothing for visitors to see. As a result, congress removed Fossil Cycad National Monument from the National Park System in 1957.