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Sponge (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

sponge from our fossils artefacts for primary schools box

Questions

1. Did this sponge have a hard or a soft body?

 

2. While you can still get a lot of sponge fossils, they aren’t as common as some of the hard shelled creatures in the fossil record.  Why do you think this is?

 

3. Do you have any real sponges in your bathroom at home?  You can tell if they’re real because they have a rougher appearance than rubber ones that have been through a machine.  If you have one why not take a picture or ask the teacher if you can bring it into school to show everyone?

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

1. Did this sponge have a hard or a soft body?

 

ANSWER: It had a soft body.

 

2. While you can still get a lot of sponge fossils, they aren’t as common as some of the hard shelled creatures in the fossil record.  Why do you think this is?

 

ANSWER: Because they are softer they don’t fossilise as well.

 

3. Do you have any real sponges in your bathroom at home?  You can tell if they’re real because they have a rougher appearance than rubber ones that have been through a machine.  If you have one why not take a picture or ask the teacher if you can bring it into school to show everyone?

 

ANSWER: This one is up to you to find out!

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