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Fossils B/C

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Fossils B/C: Teams identify and classify fossils and demonstrate their knowledge of ancient life by completing tasks related to interpretation of past environments and ecosystems, adaptations and evolutionary relationships, and use of fossils in dating and correlating rock units.

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Hopefully I can compete this year! I really want to do Fossils again.
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Fyren wrote: September 7th, 2020, 7:33 pm Hopefully I can compete this year! I really want to do Fossils again.
Update from future Fyren: I'm pretty sure I'm competing this year :D
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Rest in pieces my hopes of competing in rocks again..... Oh well! Let's make the most of it!
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I let my teammate borrow my fossils field guide for the summer, and he decided not to participate in Science Olympiad so I couldn't get it back. Oof...
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Efesa wrote: September 23rd, 2020, 10:06 pm I let my teammate borrow my fossils field guide for the summer, and he decided not to participate in Science Olympiad so I couldn't get it back. Oof...
Lol then contact him to get it back. You need that fossils guide! Also sidenote my school is doing Quizizz as tryout tests and idrk how that is gonna look like for a binder event. Oh well...
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what do you need in fossils besides identifying, time, mode of preservation/life? thanks
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stlcards422 wrote: October 31st, 2020, 3:58 pm what do you need in fossils besides identifying, time, mode of preservation/life? thanks
Other than IDing fossils, the Geologic Time Scale, and modes of preservation and life, you need to know methods of dating (absolute and relative), the environments where fossils lived and/or where they are typically found, how to use fossils as evidence for evolutionary trends (for example, Tiktaalik), trace/index fossils, fossil-bearing sedimentary rocks (and sometimes their properties), the special conditions required for an organism to be fossilized, and most importantly have an in depth understanding of these paleontological concepts and how they work instead of just memorizing information. For a full list of everything you must know for this event, look at section 3.e. of the Fossils rules.
If you need any help figuring out what information to put in your binder or just tips for setting it up, feel free to ask any of us!
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this is my first year in science olympiad and i was wondering what i should put in my binder and if i need a field guide
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Well strwbrrycoco, you aren't allowed to bring a field guide into the test itself, but you can use a field guide to help make your notes. The two field guides I would recommend are the DK Smithsonian Fossils Handbook and the National Audobon Society Fossils Guide. The latter has plenty of information packed in on most of the fossils you will need to know, but from my experience the format is a bit difficult to understand and can be annoying at times due to how tiny it is. I prefer the DK Smithsonian Fossils Handbook just because of how well formatted it is and because it is easy to understand and find the information you need. It also has large, high quality pictures of each fossil, but the DKSFH will not cover nearly as many fossils on the list as the NAS Fossils Guide. (Disclaimer: Fyren only touched the NAS Fossils Guide a few times before giving up on using it, so take this advice with a grain of salt as you should with most pieces of advice.)
As for what you need to put in your binder, you should make sure to have a copy of the Science Olympiad Fossils List and the Geologic Time Scale. As I mentioned above, you will be tested on the concepts listed in section 3.e. of the Fossils rules, so it is a good idea to have some notes on those topics as well as anything else you think is relevant to the event. Just make sure to keep it all in an organized format and try not to have an excessive amount of notes shoved into your binder as it will slow you down.
Since you said you were new, I'd also recommend you to take some of the Fossils tests found in the test exchange section of the website so you can get used to what the test format is like. If you have any other questions or need anything clarified, feel free to post on here or send me a PM.

Speaking of advice, anything I should know while writing tests for Fossils? I get the jist of it, but I just wanted to see if you guys had any tips specifically targeted towards tests for Fossils. :P
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