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Section 6
The Fossil Record

In this section you will find materials that support the implementation of EarthComm, Section 6: The Fossil Record.

Inquiring Further

  1. To learn more about taphonomy and forensic science, visit the following web sites:

    A Brief Introduction to Taphonomy, Colby College
    Provide details on what, how, and why different organisms are fossilized.

    Taphonomy and Preservation, SUNY Cortland
    Overview of the field of taphonomy. Summarizes different taphonomic indicators and their paleoenvironmental implications.  

    So You Want to Be a Forensic Scientist!, American Academy of Forensic Sciences
    Learn about different careers in the forensic sciences.

    Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF), American Academy of Forensic Sciences
    The Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) is a group within the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) that is dedicated to the education, enrichment and development of emerging forensic

  2. To learn more about common geological settings for preservation, visit the following web site:

    Preservation and Bias in the Fossil Record, University of California at Davis
    Looks at why the depositional setting of an organism's final resting place is an important factor as to whether or not the organism becomes part of the fossil record.

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To learn more about this topic, visit the following web sites:

Food Chains and Food Webs

Food Chains and Webs, Marietta College
Provides information on the food chain and the complexity of food webs. Information on the relationship to biomass and trophic levels is also explored.

Fossils and Fossilization

How are Fossils Formed?, New York State Museum
Examines the different types of fossils and how they form.

Fossils and Rocks, USGS
Provides background information on how studying fossils became an important part of understanding geologic time.

Animation of a brachiopod becoming a fossil.

Fossiliferous Rocks

Mazon Creek Fossils, Illinois State Museum
The plants and animals found in concretions recovered from the Francis Creek Shale are some of the most exciting and important fossils that have been found in the state of Illinois. These fossils are known as the Mazon Creek fossils. This exhibit shows some of the more interesting and dramatic types of fossils recovered from these remarkable deposits.

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