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What are some examples of fossil types that paleontologists find?

There are two main types of fossils: body fossils and trace fossils. Body fossils are any “parts” of the actual living thing: bones, teeth, insect bodies, shells, feathers, leaves, fruits, flowers, nuts, etc.

What type of fossils do most paleontologists study?

Body fossils Fossils of organisms’ bodies are usually the most informative type of evidence. The most common types are wood, bones, and shells.

What type of fossil preserves the original organism?

Trace fossil – Trace fossils are traces or marks left behind by an organism. They show an organism was there, but are not the actual organism itself (which would be a body fossil). Dinosaur footprints and worm burrows are examples of trace fossils, as are coprolites (fossilized dung or feces).

What type fossil is most likely to have a complete organism preserved?

Almost all fossils are preserved in sedimentary rock. Organisms that live in topographically low places (such as lakes or ocean basins) have the best chance of being preserved. This is because they are already in locations where sediment is likely to bury them and shelter them from scavengers and decay.

What is unique about a preserved fossil?

A preserved fossil, also known as a “true form fossil,” is one that remains intact, or nearly intact, because of the method in which it was fossilized. Preserved fossils are rare; most fossils suffer damage from weathering and sedimentation before they are discovered.

What are fossil hunters called?

paleontologist

What do you need for fossil hunting?

1. Plan ahead and stay comfortable Dress warmly, be prepared for wind or rain (even in summer), wear strong shoes or boots, carry a drink and snacks, sun-cream etc. You may like to take a fossil spotting chart with you and something to wrap your finds in (old newspaper and some zip-lock bags are great).