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That fossil species may have been dated somewhere else, so you can match them and say that your fossil has a similar age.
Some of the most useful fossils for dating purposes are very small ones.
The activity offers literacy opportunities as well as practice using the science capability 'Interpret representations'.
The geologic time scale was initially developed by determining the relative ages of rock units, first in Europe, and then in other parts of the world. To determine which rock units were older and which ones were younger (in a relative sense), geologists devised a number of laws, or principles, to help figure out the sequence of geologic events in a particular locality.
For a fossil to be a good index fossil, it needs to have lived during one specific time period, be easy to identify and have been abundant and found in many places. If you find ammonites in a rock in the South Island and also in a rock in the North Island, you can say that both rocks are Mesozoic.
Different species of ammonites lived at different times within the Mesozoic, so identifying a fossil species can help narrow down when a rock was formed.
Crests of the first set are preserved in the troughs of the second set, hence, the ladderback appearance.
Beaufort Group (Permian-Triassic), Karoo Basin, South Africa.
Before you begin this activity, read the book chapter listed below, which is available online through Library Reserves.
Bring relative dating principles to life with the activity Rock layers and relative dating.
Students begin by observing a photograph and a diagram of rock layers near Whanganui, watch an animation about how the layers were formed, then use an interactive labelling diagram to work out the order in which the rocks were created.
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Educate your understanding of human activity how decay and and depositional events and determine the earth is by different rules.