FOSSILS SPECIMEN MENU:

Fossils are defined as any evidence of prehistoric life. There are two types of fossils: Body Fossils include remains of skeletal bones, shell, carapace, test and teeth. Trace Fossils are clues the organism existed such as foot prints, tracks, burrows and coprolites (fossil dung).

For those of you that have been in the field with me, click here for my “fossils by dig site” page.

Click here to see my “How fossils form” page, with examples from the specimen below.

Click the images below to access each fossil specimen page:

STROMATOLITES

Bacteria are microscopic organisms which are prokaryotes.

PROTIST

Protist are microscopic organisms which are eukaryotes.

PLANTS

Plants are multicellular organisms, predominantly photosynthetic eukaryotes of the kingdom Plantae

SPONGES

Simplest Animals

CORAL

Solitary and Colonial Cnidarians

BRYOZOA

“Tiny Animals”

BRACHIOPODA

Bivalved relatives of Bryozoans

ANNELIDS

Worm Imprints and Tubes

BIVALVIA

Clams, Pectin and Oysters

GASTROPODA

Snails, Slugs, Abalones and Limpets

CEPHALOPODA

Squid, Octopus, Nautiloids, Belemnites and Ammonites

SCAPHOPODA

Tusk Shell Mollusk

TRILOBITES

Early Marine Arthropods

EURYPTERIDS

Commonly called “Sea Scorpions”

CRUSTACEANS

Crabs, Shrimp, and Barnacles

INSECTS

Ants, Bees, Beetles, and Butterflies

ECHINOZOA 

Sea Urchins, Sand Dollars, and Sea Cucumber

CRINOZOA and BLASTOZOA

Crinoids, Blastoids, and Cystoids

ASTEROZOA

Brittle Stars and Sea Stars formerly “Starfish”

HEMICHORDATA

Graptolites and Acorn Worms

CONODONTS

Early Chordates

PLACODERMI

Armoured Fish

Chondrichthyes

Sharks, Skates, and Rays

ACTINOPTERYGII

Bony Ray-Finned Fish

AMPHIBIANS

Frogs and Salamanders

REPTILES

Turtles, Snakes, Lizards, Mosasaurs, and Dinosaurs

EARLY SYNAPSIDS

Early Mammal Ancestory of the Early Permian Period

MAMMALS

Sloths, Glyptodonts, Camels, Horses, Deer, Oreodonts, Bison, Mastodon, Mammoths, and Primates

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