Fossil: Definition, Types, Characteristics & Examples


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Which of the following is true of fossils?

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1. Which of the following is an example of a body fossil?

2. When minerals from sediment replace an organism's tissues, which type of fossilization has occurred?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Assess your understanding of the different characteristics and types of fossils with this quiz. Practice questions will ask you the difference between trace and body fossils, types of fossilization, and why fossilization is rare.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Take this quiz and assess your comprehension of:

  • The definition of fossil
  • Two main types of fossils
  • What is involved in the formation of a fossil
  • Characteristics that can prevent fossilization

Skills Practiced

This assessment will test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related fossil lesson
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define permineralization and fossilization
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast trace fossils and body fossils
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding how fossils are formed

Additional Learning

Fossils can tell us a lot about the organisms that populated our planet millions of years ago. Learn more in this lesson on the characteristics and types of fossils, including:

  • The definition of fossil
  • The different types of fossils
  • Characteristics and examples of fossil formation
  • How fossils form