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Investigation 1:
The Properties of Fossils

This investigation will help you to:

To learn more about properties of fossils, visit the following web sites:

What is a Fossil?

The Nature of Fossils,
Palomar College
This brief and concise introduction to fossils addresses what fossils are, aspects of the reliability of the fossil record, and what fossils reveal about earlier life.

Mineral Resources New South Wales
Learn about fossil formation, kinds of fossils, classifying fossils and more

Voyages through Time,
This is an integrated curriculum for middle and high school based on the theme of Evolution and delivered on CD-ROM. Through a variety of lab- and computer-based research activities complemented by scientific reference databases, image libraries and videos, this curriculum takes student on a journey from the origin of the universe, planets and life, and the evolution of technology.

University of London
An introduction to fossils.


Amber Fossils,
Learn more about how amber is formed and the role of decomposition in the process of the formation of fossils.


Fossilization and Preservation,
University of Arizona
This online lab manual provides background information for an on-line laboratory. Information on fossil preservation, fossil type, skeletal mineralogies, and modes of preservation are offered here.

Trace Fossils,
Andrew MacRae from the Dept of Geology and Geophysics, The University of Calgary, Canada
Click on this link to access a general overview of trace fossils and their importance.

To complete this investigation, you will need fossil specimens.

There are a number of online catalogs that sell fossil kits.



Investigation 1

Investigation 2

Investigation 3

Investigation 4

Investigation 5

Investigation 6

Investigation 7

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