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  • Q1
    Which of the following is the BEST definition of a fossil?
    the preserved remains or traces of an organism that lived in the past
    plants, trees, and insects that are preserved in amber
    a preserved organism found in rock
    a body part of an animal that has been buried for many years
  • Q2
    Which of the following are types of fossils?
    mold, cast, oxygenized
    petrified, ash
    mold, cast, carbonized
    trace, mold, mineralized
  • Q3
    This type of fossil forms when a mold is filled with sand or mud and hardens into the shape of the organism
    mold fossil
    preserved fossil
    trace fossil
    cast fossil
  • Q4
    This type of fossil forms when organisms or parts of organisms are pressed between layers of soft mud or clay that hardens squeezing almost all the decaying organism away, leaves behind a carbon imprint in a rock
    carbonized fossil
    mold fossil
    cast fossil
    trace fossil
  • Q5
    This type of fossil forms when sediments bury an organism and sediments change into rock, leaving a cavity in the shape of the organism
    petrified fossil
    cast fossil
    mold fossil
    trace fossil
  • Q6
    This type of fossil forms when the mud or sand hardens to stone where a footprint, trail or burrow of an organisms was left behind
    trace fossil
    mold fossil
    cast fossil
    carbonized fossil
  • Q7
    This type of fossil forms when minerals soak into buried remains, replacing the remains and changing them into rock
    preserved fossil
    petrified fossil
    cast fossil
    mold fossil
  • Q8
    This type of fossil forms when entire organisms are prevented from decaying by being trapped in rock, ice, tar, or amber
    cast fossil
    petrified fossil
    preserved fossil
    permineralized fossil
  • Q9
    What happens at the end of each era of the geologic time scale?
    plants die out
    a mass extinction occurs
    animals evolve
    dinosaurs appear
  • Q10
    What is the BEST definition of an era?
    a mistake
    a long and distinct period of history with a particular feature or characteristic
    a long period of history that lasts hundreds of years
    a period of time on the geologic time scale
  • Q11
    Which characteristics belong to the precambrian era?
    first era, formation of sun, earth, atmosphere, oceans, life
    jellyfish, flowering plants, middle era
    first era, many seed plants, reptiles common
    reptiles, formation of ocean, sun, and volcanoes
  • Q12
    Which characteristics belong to the paleozoic era?
    early land plants, jellyfish, sea worms, dinosaurs
    mass extinction caused disappearance of dinosaurs
    small mammals, birds, flowering plants, not many fossils remain
    early land plants, early invertebrates, seed plants, mass extinction caused most marine invertebrates and amphibians to disappear
  • Q13
    Which characteristics belong to the mesozoic era?
    reptiles dominant, humans appeared, seed plants
    small mammals, jellyfish and invertebrate sea life, creation of ocean
    flowering plants most common, humans appeared, extinction of dinosaurs
    reptiles dominant, small mammals, birds, increase in mammal types, extinction of dinosaurs
  • Q14
    Which characteristics belong to the cenozoic era?
    reptile dominant, decrease in life form diversity, humans
    seed plants, dinosaurs, marine invertebrates
    new mammals appeared, increase in life form diversity, flowering plants, humans
    extinction of dinosaurs, increase in small mammals, birds
  • Q15
    Across geologic time, the diversity of life-forms increases and the _______________ of life forms increases.

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