The worksheets in this set looks at how fossils are used as tool to understand past life on Earth.

When a living thing dies, it usually decays (disappears). Many times though, dead organic life will be captured in a substance that preserves it. When this happens in a substance that can hold it for hundred and even thousands of years, we refer to it as a fossil. The word "fossil" even means "dug up". Studying fossils help us understand past life. Some fossils can also be just evidence of past life, like a preserved footprint or an egg. When we put a bunch of fossils together we can get a pretty good idea of what life was like in early times.

The worksheets spend a good deal of time on the fossil record over time periods and how fossils are used as a tool to understand evolution.

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Evidence For Evolution

For the statements below, write the letter of the type of evidence above this best matches.

Fossil Layers

Label fossil layers by age. Number the oldest layer 1. Write a 2 on the next oldest layer and so on.

Fossil Layers Chart

Pieces of rock broke off of the ledge below. Within the pieces of rock various fossils were found.

Fossil Layers Question Sheet

Name two fossils that are younger than the Dinosaur Skull.

Fossil Layers Graphic Organizer

Cut out all the fossils from page 1. Paste the in order of age below.