Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):
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Palenotology in blue:
Geology in green:
Q: Who is Jurassic James? And why should I care?
A: Why you should care is subject to many opinions. But to know Jurassic James just click here to see my About Page.
Q: How do fossils form?
A: Fossils are defined simply as any evidence of prehistoric life. There are many ways fossil form, but they all need to be burried quickly in an low energy environment without oxygen. Click here to find out the ten ways this can happen.
Q: What is your favorite Dinosaur?
A: Hands down-Brachiosaurus! When I saw her in Jurassic Park in 1993, I knew she was my gal!
Q: What dinosaur/fossil related places do you recomment for paleontology fans?
A: Check out favorite paleo places here!
Q: What is your favorite Mineral?
A: No contest Galena! I love that it forms in an isometric cube naturally and breaks in to cubes naturally. It is also has a metallic luster and is dense due to its lead content.
Q: How did you get into paleontology?
A: I always liked dinosaurs growing up, but seeing Jurassic Park in 1993 made me see dinosaurs as animals to be studied and not just movie monsters.
Q: What killed the dinosaurs?
A: The most popular answer is a meteorite striking what is now Mexico some 66 million years ago. Although there were other factors, such as increases volcanism and possibly diseases. But with modern birds being classified as non avian dinosaurs, it could be argued that dinosaurs are not extinct after all. They walk among us!
Q: What are the ten minerals in the Mohs Hardness Scale?
A: The ten minerals of the Mohs Hardness Scale are as followed: 1) Talc, 2) Gypsum, 3) Calcite, 4) Flourite, 5) Apatite, 6) Feldspar, 7) Quartz, 8) Topaz, 9) Corundum and 10) Diamond. To see images of these minerals Click Here.
Q: How do I know when Jurassic James has events?
Q: How did you learn all this? Who are your favorite scientific mentors and advisors?
A: Outside of my formal education, in many ways I am self taught. I read everything I can on many subjects. But, I could not be where I am today, without the support of my scientific mentors. Check out my mentor’s page by clicking here.
Q: My kid is collecting rocks! What should I do!?
A: First stay calm! It could be a a phase in which your child may just think rocks are cool and or neat. The other outcome is a time to rejoice, your child may be taking their first steps into a broader world. The ability to appreciate more and search for truth through the scientific method!
Q: How did you get so handsome?
A: Simply put-genetic Lottery.
Q: What is paleontology?
A: Simply put-the study of prehistoric life.
Q: What is geology?
A: Simply put-the study of the Earth.
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Images by: Ms. Corey Green With the exception of our feathered friends, dinosaurs are all but gone today. So what are the ways to connect to these long lost creatures? Well as a child I had three options, museums, media and models. Going to the Houston Museum of...