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Fossils

Fossils are the preserved remains of creatures which existed long ago. Fossils range in age from few thousands of years to hundreds of millions of years. They come in a variety of sizes, from microscopic traces to large animal skeletons and fossilized trees weighing many tons. The study of fossils leads to a greater understanding of the Earth's history, extinct life forms and evolution of life.
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Quiz on Fossils, #2Quiz on Prehistoric LifeIdentify the Dinosaurs
8th - 12thSedimentary RocksDating Rocks, Rock Features 
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Fossil Hunting
Grade: 2 - 12
Go on a field trip to find fossils. Learn a few tricks from the expert fossil hunters!
3:35
 

What is a Dino Mummy?
Grade: 2 - 12
In this video, learn why dinosaur mummies are the most rare and valuable of fossil finds.
4:55
 

Digging Up a Dinosaur Graveyard
Grade: 2 - 12
Watch paleontologists hit a goldmine of fossils when they dig in China, and find dinosaurs piled one atop the other.
3:05
 

Fossil Record Mystery
Grade: 2 - 12
Fossils from the mid-Jurassic period left a hole in the paleontologist's knowledge. Now, new fossil finds are bridging the gap and answering some intriguing questions.
3:40
 

Origin of Life - The Scientific Evidence
Grade: 2 - 12
The video presents scientific evidence of the origin of life on our planet. It begins with a brief discussion of the age of the Earth and ends with the future of humanity. It includes geologic, chemical and molecular data to make its case.
14:15
 

Radiocarbon Dating of Fossils
Grade: 2 - 12
Learn about Radiocarbon dating of fossils. The lesson explains how Carbon-14 dating can be used to date ancient material such as fossils and rocks.
9:30
 

Analyzing Dinosaur Fossils
Grade: 2 - 12
Get a behind-the-scenes look at how information is extracted from ancient fossils.
2:15
 

The Dino Mummy, A Tour of the Body
Grade: 2 - 12
Take a tour of Leonardo, the most intact dinosaur mummy ever found.
3:00
 

Finding Dinosaurs
Grade: 2 - 12
Learn how NASA assists paleontologists in locating dinosaurs by using remote sensing technology.
5:05
 

Fossils and Plate Tectonics
Grade: 2 - 12
Fossils for kids - The presentation explains what fossils are and how plate tectonics work.
4:35
 

Was There Ever A First Human?
Grade: 5 - 12
Your very distant grandfather was a fish. Sounds unbelievable? Just watch, and meet all your ancestors!
4:00
 

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