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Polished tree section (5 mill. 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

polished tree section from our fossils artefacts box for primary schools

Questions

1. Why is it sometimes a good thing to polish fossils?

2. Animal fossils are much more popular  with collectors than plant fossils but why are plant fossils just as important?

3. Look at the rings on the close up picture.  Can you work out what these are? (You may need google for this one).

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

1. Why is it sometimes a good thing to polish fossils?

ANSWER: To reveal extra detail.

2. Animal fossils are much more popular  with collectors than plant fossils but why are plant fossils just as important?

ANSWER: Because they give us lots of information about the period.

3. Look at the rings on the close up picture.  Can you work out what these are? (You may need google for this one).

ANSWER: They are called ‘Growth rings’ and every tree has them.  It shows how old the tree was when it died.

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