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Relative Age of Fossils


Compare fossils found in sedimentary rock to determine their relative age SPI 0807.5.5

Links verified 12/27/2010

  1. Age Dating of Sedimentary Rock - classroom activity from Glencoe An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format
  2. Age of a Fossil Can Now be Directly Determined from the Fossil - new techniques allow for direct determination of its age
  3. Age of Fossils
  4. Amber in Nature - Look at pieces of amber to find out what is captured inside and what clues it provides about the ancient ecosystem.
  5. The Clock Of Eras - a graphic aid to help visualize geologic time
  6. Determining the Age of Rocks and Fossils - from the University of California Museum of Paleontology
  7. Fantastic Fossil Finds
  8. Fossil Horse Cyber Museum - from the Florida Museum of Natural History
  9. Fossil Lesson Plans - lesson plans on fossils of individual phyla, as well as general lesson plans for introducing fossils and how they are formed
  10. Fossils - Clues to the Past - Fossils provide clues to what life was like in ancient times.
  11. Fossils of Iowa
  12. Fossils Rock - especially for teachers, students, and homeschoolers who want to put some fun into their earth science classes
  13. Fossils, Rocks, and Time - from USGS
  14. Fossils Through Time - choose a time period to see what life was like
  15. Geology of the Grand Canyon - The ultimate display of rock layers
  16. Geology of the Grand Canyon area - from Wikipedia
  17. Grand Canyon National Park - geology field notes from the NPS
  18. Grand Canyon Rock Layers - includes a mnemonic sentence to help you remember the layers
  19. How fossils can form - This animation shows the formation of a cast and mold, one way that fossils can form. Casts are copies of fossilized plants or animals. Molds are hollow impressions of the fossil. This process takes thousands or millions of years. A video is available through this link
  20. How Fossils Form - from Enchanted Learning
  21. Life Has a History - an educational module sponsored by the National Science Foundation (select level 2 for 5-8)
  22. Overview of Grand Canyon Geology and Rock Formations - from a Grand Hikes page
  23. Paleontology Portal - this site was funded by the National Science Foundation
  24. Prehistoric Life - determining the age of rocks and fossils
  25. Recreating extinct animals from fossil evidence is like completing a giant jigsaw puzzle, but without all the pieces. This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data
  26. Relative Age - determining relative age from the rock record
  27. Relative Dating - stratigraphy and the principles of relative dating
  28. Relative Time Scale - from USGS
  29. Timeline
  30. Virtual Fossil Museum - fossils across geological time and evolution
  31. What Are Fossils - from the San Diego Natural History Museum
  32. What is a Fossil - discussion of Type I and Type II fossils
  33. What's a Fossil? - from the UN Museum
  34. A resource for the teacher to use in planning their lessonsWho's On First? - a Relative Dating activity

A resource for the teacher to use in planning their lessons site for teachers | A PowerPoint show related to this standard PowerPoint show | An Adobe Acrobat document in .pdf format Acrobat document | A Microsoft Word document to be downloaded Word document | This interactive site would work well on an interactive whiteboard whiteboard resource | This resource includes voice instructions for students sound | A video is available through this link video format | This site is interactive and allows students to play a game or input or collect data interactive lesson | This site includes questions for your students to check their understanding a quiz | A lesson plan can be found at this site lesson plan | This link includes something for the teacher to print to print



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