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This activity replicates the way real fossil prints were created. The activity was developed by University of Michigan's Reach Out! project, which gives permission for anyone to use their materials but not to sell them. The Reach Out! project is dedicated to pairing mentors with children and youth.
A long time ago, plants, bugs, or animals left impressions in soft mud, which dried out and eventually became rock. Much of our knowledge about ancient, extinct plants and animals comes from fossil prints. For example, fossil prints have shown us the texture of dinosaur skin and helped us trace the evolution of birds, since neither skin nor feathers are likely to survive as actual fossils, the way bones do.
Ask participants to identify what they have uncovered. Follow up with questions such as:
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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