Fossil Record: Definition & Examples


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When all members of a species have died off the species is:

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

2. How old is Earth?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Fossils are some of the most important clues about the world's evolution that we have. This quiz/worksheet combo will assess your knowledge of the importance of fossils in our history and what we know because of them

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet cover the following:

  • Another word for a species that has died off
  • What word means a collection of fossils that documents the history of Earth's life forms
  • How old our planet is
  • How long modern humans have existed for
  • How much of Earth's history involves modern humans

Skills Practiced

These assessments use the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on fossils and what they mean for humans
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding humanity's existence on earth
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about what we know about Earth's history from fossils

Additional Learning

You can learn more about what fossils tell us about the Earth's history by reviewing the lesson called Fossil Record: Definition & Examples. This lesson discusses the following:

  • What we can learn from the fossil records of dinosaurs and horses
  • The history of human migration
  • Why fossils are so important to understanding our history