Mahoney - Fossils Task 3 Quiz

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Mahoney - Fossils Task 3 Quiz


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    How do scientists know what dinosaurs looked like?
    • A. 

      They observe dinosaurs in nature.

    • B. 

      They examine fossils for clues.

    • C. 

      They study cave paintings.

    • D. 

      They read ancient myths.

  • 2. 
    A seashell falls into some soft mud.  Over time, the mud sinks deeper and deeper until it becomes shale.  Eventually, the seashell dissolves, allowing space for water to flow through and deposit other minerals where the seashell had once been.  The fossil that results from this series of events would be classified as 
    • A. 

      Original remain

    • B. 

      Carbon film

    • C. 

      Cast & mold fossil

    • D. 

      Petrified wood

  • 3. 
    Why is a quick burial helpful for the fossilization process?
    • A. 

      Fossils will only form in shallow rock layers. Deep layers prevent fossilization.

    • B. 

      Fossils form very quickly, so if they are not buried, they won't form properly.

    • C. 

      Organisms decay quicker when exposed to air and water. Fossils form when the decay process is slowed.

    • D. 

      None of the above.

  • 4. 
    Fossils form in
    • A. 

      Sedimentary rock only.

    • B. 

      Metamorphic rock only.

    • C. 

      Igneous rock only.

    • D. 

      Any type of rock, depending on where the organism falls when it dies.

  • 5. 
    Where would you most likely find the original remains of a wooly mammoth?
    • A. 

      Ice

    • B. 

      Amber

    • C. 

      Shale (a type of sedimentary rock)

    • D. 

      All of the above are possible correct answers

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