EXERCISE 1 - EXERCISEONE: NAME INTRODUCTION Fossils,,.Earth :,wedhave ,andthepaleo

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EXERCISE ONE: PRINT OUT AND BRING TO SECTION NAME: ________________________________________:  INTRODUCTION Fossils, remnants of ancient life, are the key repositories of Earth’s biospheric history. Earth  science without them is almost unimaginable: we’d know nothing about dinosaurs, we’d have  no evidence of human ancestry, and the paleontology career track as we know it would be  closed. Fossils are treasures that come to us courtesy of the following phenomena: 1)  the miracle of  hard parts  2)  the geological processes of  sedimentation  and  burial 3)  a variety of reinforcing post-burial geochemical processes, such as  fluoridation cementation replacement  and  permineralization ) 4)  human exploration and toil The information provided by fossils about ancient organisms and environments is variable,  depending on the type of fossil and its manner of preservation. Besides morphological  information (e.g. body shape and size), fossils may also contain clues about behavior,  reproductive strategy, growth, metabolism, diet, climate, temperature, the manner of death, the  identity of living plants and animals, and more! If you leave this section meeting with nothing 
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This note was uploaded on 03/17/2010 for the course ES 71443 taught by Professor Koch during the Winter '08 term at University of California, Santa Cruz.

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EXERCISE 1 - EXERCISEONE: NAME INTRODUCTION Fossils,,.Earth :,wedhave ,andthepaleo

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