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Fossils B/C

Posted: July 9th, 2010, 7:11 pm
by Jim_R

Re: Fossils B/C

Posted: August 15th, 2010, 4:38 pm
by quizbowl
just waiting for the list now. im hoping for some new additions.

Re: Fossils B/C

Posted: August 15th, 2010, 5:32 pm
by lllazar
I am so psyched for Fossils this year....

Re: Fossils B/C

Posted: August 15th, 2010, 5:55 pm
by paleonaps
I so hope that I can do fossils this year.

Re: Fossils B/C

Posted: August 16th, 2010, 2:08 am
by soobsession
Lists should be out late August right? And there usually arent many changes...

Re: Fossils B/C

Posted: August 16th, 2010, 5:04 am
by paleonaps
Yeah, probably not. I hope there is some more emphasis on vertebrates- the "interesting fossils". ;)

Re: Fossils B/C

Posted: August 16th, 2010, 6:13 am
by amerikestrel
Eh, I hope it doesn't change too much. I liked last year's list.

Re: Fossils B/C

Posted: August 16th, 2010, 6:30 am
by paleonaps
The only change I think they should make is to remove Deinonychus or Velociraptor. They are so closely related, they were both once considered to be the same genus. It's pointless having both of them.
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Not very different. One was bigger than the other, and lived millions of years earlier. There are other differences, but these are the most prominent.

Re: Fossils B/C

Posted: August 16th, 2010, 7:00 am
by lllazar
paleonaps95 wrote:The only change I think they should make is to remove Deinonychus or Velociraptor. They are so closely related, they were both once considered to be the same genus. It's pointless having both of them.
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Not very different. One was bigger than the other, and lived millions of years earlier. There are other differences, but these are the most prominent.


The really annoying thing is that on every fossils test ive ever done - they always have an ID question involving the claw of one of these. I don't know about you but i cannot differentiate between the claws of these 2 genera.

Re: Fossils B/C

Posted: August 16th, 2010, 7:14 am
by paleonaps
Size is the best way. In life, the Velociraptor had a claw about 2.6 inches long on the outer edge. The Deinonychus had a 4.7 inch long claw in life. They are smaller now because they lack a protective sheath of keratin, but one is noticeably smaller than the other.

Re: Fossils B/C

Posted: August 16th, 2010, 7:34 am
by quizbowl
my dislikes were that they always gave questions with both exogyra and gryphaea. i find it pretty simple to distinguish them apart, but at times it just gets so annoying.

Re: Fossils B/C

Posted: August 16th, 2010, 7:39 am
by paleonaps
Yeah, it's annoying. I did fossils at invitationals last year because I love it so much, and they had a question on those. I couldn't tell them apart. (I was out of practice.)

Re: Fossils B/C

Posted: August 19th, 2010, 2:02 pm
by quizbowl
being brutally honest, i would much rather have this event be like ornithology; i do not think one necessarily needs 100 pages of notes. i dont think that fossils should have a binder, maybe 5 pages, like remote sensing. really, the biggest part about fossils is identification; you dont (or rather, shouldnt) need a binder for that.

Re: Fossils B/C

Posted: August 19th, 2010, 8:02 pm
by paleonaps
I think the binder is good, and we don't need it gone. Maybe 5 pages would work, but I think that the way it is is best.

Re: Fossils B/C

Posted: August 20th, 2010, 5:48 am
by quizbowl
in my opinion, fossils is rather an identification event. the information you need really need could probably fit on 5 pages, and this time a field guide would be put to better use. or even make your own field guide.