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Insects in Copal (10,000 years old)

(This is in the Fossils box)

Can you answer the questions below by spinning this image and using the extra pictures?

Extra information and pictures

insect in copal from our primary school fossils box

Questions

1. Copal and Amber both often contain small insects called ‘True Form Fossils’ because they are still the real creatures inside.  Why is this better than stone fossils?

 

2. How many actual insects can you count in the Copal?  (TIP: small bits of dirt don’t count!)

 

3. If you could only choose one modern creature to put into Copal or Amber for future generations what would it be and why?  It can be any size you like!

Answers down here - no peeking until you're ready!

1. Copal and Amber both often contain small insects called ‘True Form Fossils’ because they are still the real creatures inside.  Why is this better than stone fossils?

 

ANSWER:  Because it provides us with much more information about what the animal looked like and how it lived.

 

2. How many actual insects can you count in the Copal?  (TIP: small bits of dirt don’t count!)

 

ANSWER:  This is difficult without a microscope but if you got between 5 and 10 we think you are pretty close!

 

3. If you could only choose one modern creature to put into Copal or Amber for future generations what would it be and why?  It can be any size you like!

 

ANSWER:  This one is up to you!

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