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Fossils B/C

Postby Adi1008 » August 5th, 2018, 9:44 am

Fossils B/C: Teams demonstrate their knowledge of ancient life by completing selected tasks at a series of stations including but not limited to fossil identification, answering questions about classification, habitat, ecologic relationships, behaviors, environmental adaptations and the use of fossils to date and correlate rock units.

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Re: Fossils B/C

Postby UTF-8 U+6211 U+662F » September 3rd, 2018, 7:10 pm

It's finally back! :) I see they added lots of fun fossils like sharks and molluscs and three new dinosaur genera. Can't wait to compete in this event!

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Re: Fossils B/C

Postby scienceisfunalil » September 3rd, 2018, 7:23 pm

Hi! I am new to fossils. What is the best way to tackle the long list of fossils and additional material? In addition, what is the best thing to bring to competition: self made cheat sheets of the fossils or a handbook? Thanks in advance
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Re: Fossils B/C

Postby UTF-8 U+6211 U+662F » September 3rd, 2018, 7:27 pm

scienceisfunalil wrote:Hi! I am new to fossils. What is the best way to tackle the long list of fossils and additional material? In addition, what is the best thing to bring to competition: self made cheat sheets of the fossils or a handbook? Thanks in advance

In the past, a handbook and a binder has been allowed, but it seems this is no longer the case (just a binder now). Anyway, the way I did fossils 3/4 years ago was go through each item on the list and compile information about into a fact sheet, e.g.
  • How long ago did it live?
  • What habitat did it live in? What kind of niche did it fill? Was it herbivorous, omnivorous, etc.?
  • What does it look like? What kind of unusual anatomic features does it have? Around how big was it?
  • Where did the name and scientific name come from?
And then I added an index of pictures at the end.

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Re: Fossils B/C

Postby scienceisfunalil » September 3rd, 2018, 7:50 pm

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scienceisfunalil wrote:Hi! I am new to fossils. What is the best way to tackle the long list of fossils and additional material? In addition, what is the best thing to bring to competition: self made cheat sheets of the fossils or a handbook? Thanks in advance

In the past, a handbook and a binder has been allowed, but it seems this is no longer the case (just a binder now). Anyway, the way I did fossils 3/4 years ago was go through each item on the list and compile information about into a fact sheet, e.g.
  • How long ago did it live?
  • What habitat did it live in? What kind of niche did it fill? Was it herbivorous, omnivorous, etc.?
  • What does it look like? What kind of unusual anatomic features does it have? Around how big was it?
  • Where did the name and scientific name come from?
And then I added an index of pictures at the end.


thanks for responding! I am looking through the list right now and it appears that most of the items are genus or order... does this mean we need to know every species within that genus/order?
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Re: Fossils B/C

Postby UTF-8 U+6211 U+662F » September 4th, 2018, 4:06 am

scienceisfunalil wrote:
UTF-8 U+6211 U+662F wrote:
scienceisfunalil wrote:Hi! I am new to fossils. What is the best way to tackle the long list of fossils and additional material? In addition, what is the best thing to bring to competition: self made cheat sheets of the fossils or a handbook? Thanks in advance

In the past, a handbook and a binder has been allowed, but it seems this is no longer the case (just a binder now). Anyway, the way I did fossils 3/4 years ago was go through each item on the list and compile information about into a fact sheet, e.g.
  • How long ago did it live?
  • What habitat did it live in? What kind of niche did it fill? Was it herbivorous, omnivorous, etc.?
  • What does it look like? What kind of unusual anatomic features does it have? Around how big was it?
  • Where did the name and scientific name come from?
And then I added an index of pictures at the end.


thanks for responding! I am looking through the list right now and it appears that most of the items are genus or order... does this mean we need to know every species within that genus/order?

No, you're only expected to ID up to the most specific taxon listed, e.g. you don't have to identify any graptolith orders, genera, or species because the most specific taxon listed is Class Graptolithina.

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Re: Fossils B/C

Postby Etan » September 13th, 2018, 11:34 am

same as with CircuitLab, would anyone happen to know a good place to start on this event?
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Postby kate! » September 13th, 2018, 12:19 pm

Etan wrote:same as with CircuitLab, would anyone happen to know a good place to start on this event?

Personally, I started by creating templates for each classification (I had different ones for Phylum, Class, Order, Family, and Genus/Species.) Now I am just filling in that information, going in the order of the list.
I know stuff about rocks, minerals, experiments, and ecosystems, yay!
Now I kind of know stuff about amphibians, reptiles, fossils, and water... hopefully I'll get to keep learning.

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Re: Fossils B/C

Postby UTF-8 U+6211 U+662F » September 13th, 2018, 12:40 pm

Etan wrote:same as with CircuitLab, would anyone happen to know a good place to start on this event?

See my previous post. Honestly, the best way to start is to just jump in! Take a look at Wikipedia pages and look up any words you don't know. Get a good grip of the geological timescale (just in general, you don't have to memorize any periods, and looking at any units of time smaller than epochs isn't really helpful). Imagine the world as it might've been before, and have fun with it! :)

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Re: Fossils B/C

Postby Unome » September 13th, 2018, 1:58 pm

UTF-8 U+6211 U+662F wrote:
Etan wrote:same as with CircuitLab, would anyone happen to know a good place to start on this event?

See my previous post. Honestly, the best way to start is to just jump in! Take a look at Wikipedia pages and look up any words you don't know. Get a good grip of the geological timescale (just in general, you don't have to memorize any periods, and looking at any units of time smaller than epochs isn't really helpful). Imagine the world as it might've been before, and have fun with it! :)

Agree, except I would say you should memorize all of the geologic periods from the Phanerozoic, and it's also helpful to memorize the epochs in the Cenozoic. Being able to refer to those from memory is very helpful sometimes.
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Re: Fossils B/C

Postby UTF-8 U+6211 U+662F » September 13th, 2018, 2:30 pm

Unome wrote:
UTF-8 U+6211 U+662F wrote:
Etan wrote:same as with CircuitLab, would anyone happen to know a good place to start on this event?

See my previous post. Honestly, the best way to start is to just jump in! Take a look at Wikipedia pages and look up any words you don't know. Get a good grip of the geological timescale (just in general, you don't have to memorize any periods, and looking at any units of time smaller than epochs isn't really helpful). Imagine the world as it might've been before, and have fun with it! :)

Agree, except I would say you should memorize all of the geologic periods from the Phanerozoic, and it's also helpful to memorize the epochs in the Cenozoic. Being able to refer to those from memory is very helpful sometimes.

Right, I just meant in the beginning. If you get through the entire list, you'll know the geologic timescale by heart already :P

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Re: Fossils B/C

Postby ScottMaurer19 » September 16th, 2018, 7:37 pm

The real question is whose bright idea is it to have student trying to differentiate between Shale and Mudstone/siltstone...
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Re: Fossils B/C

Postby Unome » September 16th, 2018, 8:24 pm

ScottMaurer19 wrote:The real question is whose bright idea is it to have student trying to differentiate between Shale and Mudstone/siltstone...

It's not that impossible... (ok it's pretty hit-or-miss without actual samples)
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Re: Fossils B/C

Postby ScottMaurer19 » September 17th, 2018, 4:38 am

Unome wrote:
ScottMaurer19 wrote:The real question is whose bright idea is it to have student trying to differentiate between Shale and Mudstone/siltstone...

It's not that impossible... (ok it's pretty hit-or-miss without actual samples)

In theory it's not that difficult but yeah samples make it usually very hard to tell. If you gave me a sample of both at the same time with obvious distinguishing characteristics it might be more possible but ESs will have to be very careful with the samples chosen.
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Re: Fossils B/C

Postby ScottMaurer19 » September 17th, 2018, 3:16 pm

Any idea why they have annularia and calamites in different genuses? Unless I misses something they are the same plant...
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Heli: 2/1/7
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2019?
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GLM
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WS

Total Top 3 Placements: 100


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