Fossils & Geologic Time Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. The Mesozoic Era was the Age of Dinosaurs, and the current Cenozoic Era is the Age of _____.

Question 2 2. What divides the two major eons (the Precambrian and Phanerozoic Eons)?

Question 3 3. How does an eon differ from an era?

Question 4 4. James Hutton's theory of _____ earned him the title of 'The Father of Modern Geology.'

Question 5 5. How did the Bible influence Cuvier's view that the Earth is relatively young?

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Question 6 6. Today, geologists believe mostly in _____, with a little bit of _____.

Question 7 7. Which of the following types of radioactive decay does not result in a change in the number of protons and neutrons within a nucleus, but does release a lot of energy?

Question 8 8. Radiometric dating is a method used to date rocks based on what?

Question 9 9. If a parent nucleus is feeling unstable because the ratio of neutrons to protons is too great, it might undergo a type of radioactive decay which results in the neutron emitting an electron (a beta particle) from the nucleus and turning into a proton. This describes what type of radioactive decay?

Question 10 10. Hard parts are more likely to become fossilized because they are LESS likely to:

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Question 11 11. Rapid burial protects a deceased body from all of the following EXCEPT:

Question 12 12. _____ bones are more likely than _____ to be scattered, trampled, weathered, and/or crushed.

Question 13 13. How old is Earth?

Question 14 14. A collection of fossils that documents the history of life on Earth is called:

Question 15 15. How long have modern humans been around?

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Question 16 16. An interface between discontinuous layers of rock is called _____.

Question 17 17. Any fault lines or igneous intrusions that cut across a set of rock strata must be _____ that set of rock.

Question 18 18. Any inclusion found within sedimentary rock must be _____ that rock.

Question 19 19. An index fossil represents a species that _____.

Question 20 20. What kind of dating can we establish with the principle of fossil succession?

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Question 21 21. Two outcrops containing one index fossil each can only be matched up if scientists also find a third outcrop containing _____.

Question 22 22. The statement Rock A is fifty years older than Rock B is an example of _____.

Question 23 23. In stratigraphic succession, scientists study the various _____ of rock.

Question 24 24. The statement Rock A is seventeen years old is an example of _____.

Question 25 25. Which of the following terms is used to describe the process by which an unstable atomic nucleus loses energy by releasing radiation?

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Question 26 26. Which of the following statements is true of radiocarbon dating?

Question 27 27. In uranium-lead dating, we see that two unstable uranium isotopes decay into stable lead isotopes. Which of the following statements is true about this decay?

Question 28 28. James needs to write a report which will describe the ups and downs of mammals in a previous time period. Why would discussing epochs make sense?

Question 29 29. The change from catastrophism to uniformitarianism made scientists decide that Earth must be _____ than previously thought.

Question 30 30. Which of the following is the term used for the process by which an unstable atomic nucleus loses energy by releasing radiation?

Fossils & Geologic Time Chapter Exam Instructions

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