Fossil Evidence: Definition & Overview


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A recent headline indicated that an entire fossil of a prehistoric species of cat was discovered frozen in an ice sheet. What type of fossil is this?

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1. As you dig in sediment, you uncover fossilized feces of an organism that once lived. What type of fossil is this?

2. ______ fossils are fossils of organisms that were stuck in tree sap and preserved.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Fossils provide evidence of past living organisms, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help test your understanding of the vocabulary and definitions of the types.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the vocabulary and definitions related to the following:

  • Trace
  • Petrified
  • Original material
  • Amber
  • Fossils

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related fossil types lesson
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define fossil types, such as original and petrified
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast types of fossils from the lesson, such as amber and original

Additional Learning

To Learn more about the vocabulary and definition of fossil types, review the corresponding lesson called Fossil Evidence: Definition & Overview. The lesson addresses the following objectives:

  • Defines fossil evidence
  • Explains why their are so few fossils in relation to the number of species
  • Explores the 6 types of fossils