Conditions of Fossil Preservation: Rapid Burial, Hard Parts & the Elements


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

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

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

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Practice questions will assess your understanding of the three conditions needed for fossilization and why larger bones are more likely to become fossils than smaller bones.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Your comprehension of the fossilization process will be assessed through practice questions on:

  • Rapid burial
  • Hard parts
  • Conditions for maximum fossil preservation
  • Impact of bone size

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on fossilization
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the ideal conditions for fossilization and interpret it correctly
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as preservation and decomposition
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding hard parts of organisms

Additional Learning

For a greater understanding of the process of fossilization, review the lesson called Conditions of Fossil Preservation: Rapid Burial, Hard Parts & the Elements. Topics explored include those listed below:

  • The fossil record
  • Luck and circumstances in fossil preservation
  • Fossilization scenario involving a Compsognathus