Introduction to life in the age of dinosaurs

Introduction to life in the age of dinosaurs - Geology 111-...

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Unformatted text preview: Geology 111- Life in the age of dinosaurs Chapter 1- The nature of fossils and the study of taphonomy Podokesaurus holyokensis , ACM 11792 Just what is a fossil? Daily assignment- on a piece of paper, write out your own definition of what a fossil is. Use specific examples if you wish. You will then turn the paper in for attendance credit. Clathropteris sp. A Jurassic fern (ACM) A Jurassic conifer twig preserved in shale, Suffield CT My definition of the word fossil- the remains of a once living organism that were buried and subsequently uncovered. the book definition- anything buried Fossil Jurassic clam, MA About 1 inch long Types of fossils Body fossils- the actual bodily remains of an organism, such as wood, teeth, bones, horn, skin, scales, shells, etc. Semionotus sp. a Jurassic fish from Sunderland, MA about 4 inches long Body fossils continued Compressions- body fossils that have been flattened- e.g. many fish and plant fossils http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/18/Fossil_fish_Fur_Museum.jpg/800px-Fossil_fish_Fur_Museum.jpg...
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Introduction to life in the age of dinosaurs - Geology 111-...

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