Geologic Time & Dating Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. How does an eon differ from an era?

Question 2 2. Two outcrops containing one index fossil each can only be matched up if scientists also find a third outcrop containing _____.

Question 3 3. The Mesozoic Era was the Age of Dinosaurs, and the current Cenozoic Era is the Age of _____.

Question 4 4. The best conditions for preservation of soft tissues are _____ temperatures and _____ air.

Question 5 5. The change from catastrophism to uniformitarianism made scientists decide that Earth must be _____ than previously thought.

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Question 6 6. James Hutton's theory of _____ earned him the title of 'The Father of Modern Geology.'

Question 7 7. Which of the following would NOT be a good trait for an index fossil?

Question 8 8. What divides the two major eons (the Precambrian and Phanerozoic Eons)?

Question 9 9. Hard parts are more likely to become fossilized because they are LESS likely to:

Question 10 10. How did the Bible influence Cuvier's view that the Earth is relatively young?

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Question 11 11. _____ bones are more likely than _____ to be scattered, trampled, weathered, and/or crushed.

Question 12 12. Why do many geologists study layers of strata?

Question 13 13. If two dinosaurs, one small and one large, both die in similar conditions and are both rapidly buried in the same material, which is more likely to be preserved as a fossil?

Question 14 14. 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 15 15. If Fossil A is found in a lower rock layer, and Fossil B is found in an upper rock layer, then Species A most likely _____.

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Question 16 16. An index fossil represents a species that _____.

Question 17 17. Today, geologists believe mostly in _____, with a little bit of _____.

Question 18 18. Catastrophism assumes that the Earth's landscape was shaped by _____.

Question 19 19. What kind of dating can we establish with the principle of fossil succession?

Question 20 20. Rapid burial protects a deceased body from all of the following EXCEPT:

Geologic Time & Dating Chapter Exam Instructions

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