How Much Do You Actually Know About Fossils? Trivia Quiz

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How Much Do You Actually Know About Fossils? Trivia Quiz

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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Fossils are the remains of ancient plants and animals.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 2. 
    How do we know dinosaurs existed?   
    • A. 

      History books

    • B. 

      Movies

    • C. 

      Legends & Stories

    • D. 

      Fossils

  • 3. 
    Which item would look most like an ancient organism?
    • A. 

      A cast

    • B. 

      A mold

    • C. 

      A footprint

  • 4. 
    Which item is an example of preserved remains?
    • A. 

      A mammoth’s footprint

    • B. 

      A trilobite mold and cast

    • C. 

      An insect trapped in amber

  • 5. 
    What is a fossil mold?
    • A. 

      A copy of an ancient organism

    • B. 

      A trace fossil of an ancient organism

    • C. 

      An impression of an ancient organism

  • 6. 
    Petrified wood is an example of a
    • A. 

      Trace fossil.

    • B. 

      Microfossil.

    • C. 

      Carbon film fossil.

    • D. 

      mineral replacement fossil.

  • 7. 
    Which item is a trace fossil?
    • A. 

      A carbon film of an extinct plant

    • B. 

      A woolly mammoth’s footprint

    • C. 

      A dinosaur bone preserved in rock

  • 8. 
    Which item is NOT a fossil?
    • A. 

      A million-year-old bacteria

    • B. 

      A dead tree on a forest floor

    • C. 

      A mosquito inside a piece of amber

  • 9. 
    Which object would most likely become a fossil?
    • A. 

      A shark tooth

    • B. 

      A pine needle

    • C. 

      A large jellyfish

  • 10. 
    A meteorite striking Earth is an example of catastrophism.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 11. 
    Uniformitarianism states that processes occurring on Earth’s surface today are similar to those that occurred in Earth’s past.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 12. 
    Organisms are more likely to become fossils if they have many soft parts.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 13. 
    Based on his observations______________ proposed that changes on Earth take place  very slowly. He developed the principle of uniformitarianism. According to this principle,  the same geologic processes that occur today occurred in the past.
    • A. 

      Charles Dawson

    • B. 

      James Hutton

    • C. 

      James Brown

  • 14. 
    Some fossils are _____________, which form when pressure drives off the gases and liquids from an organism’s tissues, leaving only the carbon behind.
    • A. 

      Preserved remains

    • B. 

      Mold

    • C. 

      Cast

    • D. 

      Carbon film

  • 15. 
    Fossils also form when _________in groundwater replace the tissues of dead organisms.
    • A. 

      Water

    • B. 

      Minerals

    • C. 

      Paper

  • 16. 
    ________________ show evidence of the activity of ancient organisms, such as tracks  or nests.
    • A. 

      Trace fossils

    • B. 

      Molds

    • C. 

      Casts

    • D. 

      Mineral replacement fossils

  • 17. 
    An organism is more likely to become a fossil if it contains ____________ parts such as teeth or bones.
    • A. 

      Soft

    • B. 

      Hard

  • 18. 
    What type of scientists studies fossils in order to reconstruct ancient habitats like the one shown here?
    • A. 

      Zoologists

    • B. 

      Paleontologists

    • C. 

      Meteorologists

    • D. 

      Biologists

  • 19. 
    Of which of the following do all atoms of a given element have the same number?
    • A. 

      Isotopes

    • B. 

      Protons

    • C. 

      Neutrons

    • D. 

      Parent isotopes

  • 20. 
    When an index fossil is found in rock layers at different locations, what can geologists infer about the layers?
    • A. 

      A.  they are much older

    • B. 

      B.  they are much younger

    • C. 

      C.  they are of similar age  

    • D. 

      D.  they are exactly the same age

  • 21. 
    What term describes matching rocks and fossils from separate locations?
    • A. 

      A.  correlation

    • B. 

      B.  unconformity

    • C. 

      C.  comparison

    • D. 

      D.  inclusion

  • 22. 
    During which process does an unstable element naturally change into another element that is stable?
    • A. 

      A.  radiometric dating

    • B. 

      B.  absolute aging

    • C. 

      C.  radioactive decay  

    • D. 

      D.  radiometric aging

  • 23. 
    Which of these refers to the dating of rocks and geologic features by comparing them to other rock and features nearby?
    • A. 

      A.  superposition

    • B. 

      B.  relative age

    • C. 

      C.  lateral continuity

    • D. 

      D.  unconformity

  • 24. 
    The principle of superposition says that in undisturbed rock layers, the oldest rocks are on the bottom.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 25. 
    Which of these refers to the time required for half of the parent isotopes to decay into daughter isotopes?
    • A. 

      A.  age

    • B. 

      B.  radiometric date

    • C. 

      C.  rate of decay  

    • D. 

      D.  half-life

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