Lab Assessment For Unit 3 Fossil Record

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Fossil Quizzes & Trivia

This is designed to assess how well the students understand the relationship of geologic time periods, fossil record and evolution


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The Devonian Period was called
    • A. 

      The age of oceans

    • B. 

      The age of fishes

    • C. 

      The age of dinosaurs

    • D. 

      The age of corals

  • 2. 
    Which of the following would NOT be a possible hypothesis for why horn corals developed that shape as an adaptation:
    • A. 

      To gather more floating food - planktons

    • B. 

      To have more of their surface exposed to sunlight

    • C. 

      To be streamlined so water can flow around them

    • D. 

      To attract another coral to mate with

  • 3. 
    Brachiopod fossils have the same body plan as which of the following organisms
    • A. 

      Squid

    • B. 

      Fish

    • C. 

      Clam

    • D. 

      Earth worm

  • 4. 
    The word EXTANT means
    • A. 

      Not living any more

    • B. 

      Currently found on the Earth

    • C. 

      Super sized

    • D. 

      Slow

  • 5. 
    One possible explanation of why fresh water Devonian fish developed armor plated scales, spines and sharp teeth is because:
    • A. 

      The water temperature got colder during this time

    • B. 

      Their food supply started to fight back

    • C. 

      There were bigger, more aggressive predators

    • D. 

      It looked impressive

    • E. 

      Both B and C

  • 6. 
    Which of the following can scientists not learn by studying fossils:
    • A. 

      The body plan of the organism

    • B. 

      The color of the organism

    • C. 

      The time period that the organism lived

    • D. 

      The size of the organism

  • 7. 
    There are shark fossils in the shale we see along the Rocky River in the Metroparks. Which of the following best explains how this is possible.
    • A. 

      The continents have always been in the same place, so the oceans must have been deeper and covered Ohio during the time the sharks lived here

    • B. 

      During the time period that the fossils layer was created, the land that is now Ohio was closer to the equator and covered by a warm ocean

    • C. 

      Lake Erie used to be larger and the sharks swam up the St. Lawrence seaway and lived in the lake

    • D. 

      Ice age hunters trapped sharks in the ocean and brought them to Ohio as a food source

  • 8. 
    The Megaladon was possibly the size of
    • A. 

      A nuclear submarine

    • B. 

      A Hummer

    • C. 

      A RTA bus

    • D. 

      A typical high school student

  • 9. 
    Which of the following is NOT evidence that the continents were connected at different times in the history of the Earth
    • A. 

      Consistent rock layers that can be traced in North America and Europe

    • B. 

      The mid-Atlantic Ridge

    • C. 

      Similar fossil species found on multiple continents

    • D. 

      Pyramids in South America and Egypt

  • 10. 
    Which of the following is an example of an organism that has appeared basically unchanged in the fossil record over millions of years
    • A. 

      Human

    • B. 

      Shark

    • C. 

      Sea gull

    • D. 

      Toad

  • 11. 
    A series of fossils that span a large time period and show the evolutionary history of one organism are called
    • A. 

      Translation fossils

    • B. 

      Transition fossils

    • C. 

      Transmutation fossils

    • D. 

      Transecting fossils

  • 12. 
    • A. 

      Temperate and Tropical

    • B. 

      Forests and Large Lakes

    • C. 

      Ocean and Dessert

    • D. 

      Global Warming and Global Freezing

  • 13. 
    • A. 

      Burning ancient forests

    • B. 

      Plant material falling into swamps over thousands of years

    • C. 

      Plant material accumulating in dry dessert basins

    • D. 

      Animals waste deposits accumulating in early caves

  • 14. 
    Which one of the following is not a characteristic of living things?
    • A. 

      Made of cells

    • B. 

      Can reproduce

    • C. 

      Can be a gas

    • D. 

      Can adapt to environmental stimulus

  • 15. 
    A type of fossil that researchers can use to identify a time period that the fossil layer was created during is called
    • A. 

      An indicator fossil

    • B. 

      An index fossil

    • C. 

      An inpalinate fossil

    • D. 

      A marker fossil

  • 16. 
    We don't have fossils from the Archaen Epoch because the life that existed during this time was probably
    • A. 

      Single celled

    • B. 

      Evaporated

    • C. 

      There was no life

    • D. 

      Buried under layers of molten rock

  • 17. 
    Scientists who study fossils are called
    • A. 

      Geobiologists

    • B. 

      Fossilologists

    • C. 

      Paleontologists

    • D. 

      Rockahoundologists

  • 18. 
    At one point in the geologic history of the Earth, a giant, supercontinent existed called
    • A. 

      Utopia

    • B. 

      Granwasta

    • C. 

      Euraustamia

    • D. 

      Pangea

  • 19. 
    Which of the following would be definite proof that there was a living thing present in a bottle that contains unknown substances.
    • A. 

      CO2 gas being produced

    • B. 

      A temperature change

    • C. 

      Presence of cells when studied under a microscope

    • D. 

      Temperature change