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DINOSAUR FOSSILS
First Dino Fossil Discoveries What are Fossils? How Fossils Form Types of Fossils Finding Fossils Dating Fossils Excavating Fossils Bony Jigsaw Puzzles Famous Fossil Hunters
Fossil Locations Worldwide
North American
Fossils
South American
Fossils
African
Fossils
Asian
Fossils
European
Fossils
Australian
Fossils
Antarctic
Fossils



FINDING FOSSILS: SKILL, TENACITY, AND LUCK

Since fossils are buried during their formation, finding them can be difficult. Paleontologists do a lot of research to decide where to dig for dinosaurs . To choose an optimal location for a dig, they choose: Areas where fossil-bearing sedimentary rock erode quickly (because of rain, flooding, wind, etc.) are good for finding fossils. Rarely, fossils are observed just sticking out of the ground. More often, paleontologists must do enormous amounts of work to find, excavate , and prepare fossils.


The Continents
Fossils have been found on every continent on Earth . Rock strata in many places are remarkably similar to each other. This lends credence to the continental drift theory of Alfred Wegener (1912) who theorized that 200 million years ago there was a single land mass on Earth which he called "Pangaea" (meaning "All Earth"). This land mass then slowly drifted apart on Earth's floating crust, forming separate continents. Wegener's theory explains why fossils of the same species are found on many different, unconnected continents.


Children and Fossils
Children have found important dinosaur fossils, including T. rex skin found by a 12-year-old and an egg found by a 3-year-old.


Fossil Hot Spots: Lagerstätten
Lagerstätten (meaning "fossil deposit places" in German) are geological deposits that are rich with varied, well-preserved fossils, representing a wide variety of life from a particular era. These spectacular fossil deposits represent an amazing "snapshot" in time. Some Lagerstätten include the La Brea Tar Pits (California, USA), Ediacara Hills (South Australia), Burgess Shale (B.C., Canada), Solnhofen (Germany), and Mazon Creek (Illinois, USA)

ZoomDinosaurs.com
DINOSAUR FOSSILS
First Dino Fossil Discoveries What are Fossils? How Fossils Form Types of Fossils Finding Fossils Dating Fossils Excavating Fossils Bony Jigsaw Puzzles Famous Fossil Hunters
Fossil Locations Worldwide
North American
Fossils
South American
Fossils
African
Fossils
Asian
Fossils
European
Fossils
Australian
Fossils
Antarctic
Fossils


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