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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 footprints, 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, Rays, and Ratfish

ACTINOPTERYGII

Bony Ray-Finned Fish

AMPHIBIANS

Frogs and Salamanders

Turtles

Turtles, Tortoise and Terrapins

 

Mosasaurs

Marine Reptiles Mosasaurs

 

Snakes

Limbless Reptiles Snakes

 

Nothosaurs

Early Marine Reptiles

Plesiosaurs

Marine Reptiles Plesiosaurs

Phytosaurs

Triassic Predators Phytosaurs

Crocodiles

Alligators and Crocodiles

Pterosaurs

Flying Reptiles

Theropod Dinosaurs

Mostly Predatory Dinosaurs

Sauropod Dinosaurs

Long Necked Dinosaurs

Ornithopod Dinosaurs

Iguanodonts and Hadrosaurs

Marginocephalian Dinosaurs

Horned dinosaurs

Thyreophoran Dinosaurs

Armoured Dinosaurs

EARLY SYNAPSIDS

Mammal relatives from the Permian

Xenarthra

Sloths, Armadillos, Anteaters

Carnivorans

Dogs, Cats, Bears

Cetaceans

Whales, Dolphins, Porpoises

Primates

Lemurs, Monkeys, Apes

Artiodactyla

Bison, Camels, Deer

Perissodactyla

Horses, Rhinos, Tapirs

Proboscids

Mastodon, Mammoths, Elephants

Sirenia

Sea-cows and Manatees

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