Activity 5: Do at Home!
Sometimes you find rocks covered with different fossils.
Sometimes the fossils haven't been broken or worn.
Other times we only find little pieces of fossils.
It can be difficult to identify the pieces, but they can also tell us some important things.
Tip: You may not be able to identify all the fossils in the Fossil Jumble. Scientists are also unable to identify fossils at times. Try your best!
Were there any fossil shapes that were easy to match up with the pictures?
Were there any fossils that were hard to match up with the pictures?
This "Fossil Jumble" looks like many rocks that can be found right here in New York.
Extension: You can do this same activity using real rocks covered with fossils.
Main Message: The main reason for this activity is for students to see that scientists use all available data, some of which may be uncertain.
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