Fossil Evidence for Biological Diversity, Speciation, & Mass Extinction

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How are strata organized?

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1. How many mass extinctions have occurred on Earth?

2. At least what proportion of species must go extinct for it to be considered a mass extinction event?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your understanding of what the fossil record shows. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include understanding how strata are organized as well as knowing how many mass extinctions have occurred on Earth.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • How strata are organized
  • How many mass extinctions have happened
  • Percentage of species going extinct to be classified as mass extinction
  • What occurs after a mass extinction

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as speciation and mass extinctions
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related fossil evidence for biological diversity, speciation, and mass extinction lesson
  • Making connections - use your understanding of the fossil record to understand what it can show about biodiversity

Additional Learning

To learn more about what the fossil record and teach us, review the corresponding lesson on Fossil Evidence for Biological Diversity, Speciation, & Mass Extinction. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define what the fossil record is
  • Appreciate the role of the fossil record in Darwin's understanding of evolution
  • Know what helps us create a timeline of evolutionary events
  • Understand the usefulness of the fossil record in understanding biodiversity, speciation, and mass extinctions
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