Lab 1: Fossilization Processes
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Working with fossils preserved by various modes of fossilization and learning about the various forms of microbialites.
Undergraduate invertebrate paleontology class for majors it is required, but also biology elective class
Skills and concepts that students must have mastered
Students need to have already read or been lectured to on fossilization processes and microbialites in order to complete this exercise
How the activity is situated in the course
First lab exercise in the course.
Content/concepts goals for this activity
Goal of this lab exercise is to introduce the students to the various modes of fossilization and to see and have hands-on of various fossil examples. It also includes examples of stromatolites, thrombolites, oncolite as various forms of microbialites.
Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
Synthesis of fossilization processes and microbialites
Other skills goals for this activity
Require illustration skills by sketching some of the examples
Description of the activity/assignment
outcomes are that the students learn about silicification, pyritization, carbonization, calicification, internal, external, and composite molds. They also learn the difference between stromatolites and thrombolites.
Determining whether students have met the goals
evaluate their completed lab exercises
More information about assessment tools and techniques.
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Activity Description/Assignment:Fossilization Lab exercise (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 74kB Jun4 09)