azuritemalachite wrote:Panda Weasley wrote:So this is probably a stupid question, but hey I'm new to the event. When ID'ing the fossils they won't ask specific questions about the actual thing right (ie- mating, environmental impact, etc.)? It's just stuff relating to the fossil? I also noticed that the list is organized by taxonomy, are they going to ask questions about overall orders (etc.) like in Entomology?
Also, since we are allowed to bring a binder would it make sense to basically make our own field guide if we have time? Is anyone else doing this?
In the event, they may ask you impact, but it's not very in-depth questions, it's mainly like 'Is this an index fossil?' type questions. They'll ask things relating to it's life when it was alive like it's mode of life (ie benthic [living on the ocean floor], pelagic [swimming], sessile [rooted to the ground], etc.), how it ate its food (ie filter feeding, etc), special traits (ie poisonous 'tooth'), anatomy of the fossil, etc. There's also stuff about the fossil like how it's formed and such. You'll notice that there's not too too much on dinosaurs, the mammals, and other larger animals since the event supervisor will probably not have the actual fossils, so it'll be identification based on pictures and people often repeat pictures.
There will probably be a taxonomy question at every other station, so yes it is probably going to be like entomology on that aspect. Also as a disclaimer, since I am basing this information on my experience in the B division, I don't really know what's going to be in the C division event. A tip is to leave no stone unturned (or something like that) and make sure you have basic information on everything listed on the official list.
I've never seen anyone actually make their own field guide and I don't think that's really recommended for competition, but you can bring any field guide even if it's not recommended Smithsonian or Audubon. I think that since you're also making the binder, which should essentially have everything you need to know, you don't really need a make another resource that'll have the same information. So yeah, this was a lot of typing...
On the note of Div C, the rules are identical and the tests on the test exchange are very similar to Div B tests, so there shouldn't be much difference. As for the level of detail about the fossils that they'll ask, it depends on the test; Regional and State supervisors tend not to ask detailed questions, but they'll often have a few questions about something otherwise obscure that happens to be listed in a textbook they use. Invitationals tend to have longer and more detailed tes (at lest around here; in places like Illinois or Michigan it'll be different). I'm not entirely sure what you mean by making a field guide; if you mean to structure your binder like a field guide, that would certainly help.