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Why are fossils important? micro-lesson

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Fossils like the one showed here are the past remains of any once living creature. But it doesn’t just include animals. It also includes plants. Here are some reasons why fossils are so important. Firstly, fossils are one of the reasons why we know dinosaurs live millions of years ago. This is a pterodactyl fossil. If we didn’t have fossils, we wouldn’t be able to see the really noticeable wings in each side of the pterodactyl’s spine. This fossil is called a coprolite, which is actually a poo fossil. But coprolites are really important because it helps us know what animals used to eat. Finally, fossils help scientists figure out what animals used to live on planet Earth. Here is a fossil of a dodo, which unfortunately is now extinct.

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  • What is the scientific name for a poo fossil?

    1) Coprolite
    2) Body fossil
    3) Ammonite
    4) Scientists still call it a poo fossil!
  • What was so noticeable about a pterodactyl fossil?

    1) It had wings
    2) Its long tail
    3) Its sharp teeth
    4) It laid eggs
  • What is the name of the extinct creature shown in the video?

    1) Dodo
    2) Sabretooth Tiger
    3) Tyrannosaurus Rex
    4) Velociraptor
  • How long ago did dinosaurs live?

    1) Millions of years ago
    2) Thousands of years ago
    3) Hundreds of years ago
    4) Decades ago
  • True or False - Fossils only include the preserved remains of animals.

    1) FALSE
    2) TRUE

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