# Template:Fossils

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The Fossils template is designed to add entries to the Fossil List.

## Parameters

PastFossil - If the fossil is no longer on the Fossil List, then this parameter should be true. Otherwise, do not provide it.
StatesAndNats - If the fossil is marked on the Fossil List as for State and National tournaments, then this parameter should be true. Otherwise, do not provide it.
Name - The name of the organism (if provided, it becomes the caption text of the table)
Picture - The filename of an image of the fossil. Alternatively, can be in the format [[File:Image.extension]] where Image.extension is the name of the file
Desc - A description of the fossil's appearance and how to distinguish it
Range - When this fossil appeared throughout time (e.g. Devonian to Cretaceous)
Tax - The taxonomy of this organism (e.g. Domain Eukaryota, Phylum Retaria, Subphylum Foraminifera)
Mode - Where or how this organism lived when it was alive
Adapt - Self-explanatory, how the organism changed over time (if applicable)
Distr - Where fossils of this organism can be found
Common - Any names other than the scientific name (e.g. Glycymeris, the bittersweet clams)
Etym - Information about the origin of the name (e.g. Gastropoda means stomach-foot)
Misc - Any additional identifying information
Extern - Links either to sources or websites for competitors to explore

## Examples

Code Result
{{Fossils
|PastFossil= true
|StatesAndNats= true
|Name= Phylum Foraminifera
|Picture=[[File:Forams.png|alt=An illustration of various forams|250px]]
|Desc= All forams possess a test, a shell secreted while the animal was alive. The shell is commonly made of calcium carbonate (CaCO<sub>3</sub>) or aggregated particles of sediment.
|Range= Cambrian to Recent
|Tax= '''Phylum:''' Retaria{{break}}'''Subphylum:''' Foraminifera
|Mode= All are marine, living on or inside sediment (benthic). However, some are planktonic and float in the water column.
|Adapt= While fossilized forams are typically very small (less than 20 cm), larger forams with complex shell structures have been found over time.
|Distr= Foraminifera fossils can be found in any marine environment, though some modern forams can be found in brackish or freshwater environments.
|Common= Forams
|Etym= Foraminifera is Latin for "hole-bearer"
|Misc= The phylum Foraminifera, or as they are usually called, forams, are extremely basic fossils. They are single celled organisms, the oldest of which date back to the Cambrian. They became much more common when coral reefs expanded, and would die off without them. Forams are also useful indicators of past environments and can be good index fossils. The petroleum industry will typically analyze the foram content of the ground they want to drill in to determine whether or not to drill there. In the phylum Foraminifera, competitors must know the order Fusulinida and the genus Nummulites. In some circles, Foraminifera is considered a class or a sub-phylum to the phylum Retaria.
|Extern= https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foraminifera
}}


This specimen is not on the official 2020-2021 Fossil List but has been on the Fossil List in the past. This fossil will only be tested at the State and National levels.

Picture(s) Forams All forams possess a test, a shell secreted while the animal was alive. The shell is commonly made of calcium carbonate (CaCO3) or aggregated particles of sediment. Cambrian to Recent Phylum: RetariaSubphylum: Foraminifera All are marine, living on or inside sediment (benthic). However, some are planktonic and float in the water column. While fossilized forams are typically very small (less than 20 cm), larger forams with complex shell structures have been found over time. Foraminifera fossils can be found in any marine environment, though some modern forams can be found in brackish or freshwater environments. Foraminifera is Latin for "hole-bearer." The phylum Foraminifera, or as they are usually called, forams, are extremely basic fossils. They are single celled organisms, the oldest of which date back to the Cambrian. They became much more common when coral reefs expanded, and would die off without them. Forams are also useful indicators of past environments and can be good index fossils. The petroleum industry will typically analyze the foram content of the ground they want to drill in to determine whether or not to drill there. In the phylum Foraminifera, competitors must know the order Fusulinida and the genus Nummulites. In some circles, Foraminifera is considered a class or a sub-phylum to the phylum Retaria. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foraminifera