Polished Ammonite halves, Image Credit: Joan Stoker

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Fossils represent a merger between the sciences of geology and biology. They are at the core of the science of paleontology, or the study of past life. To study fossils, you need to learn about different forms of life now on earth, the history of that life, and the geological processes that preserve life’s record. The activities in this badge will make that fun!

Badge 3 - Fossils.pdf

Fossils are Fascinating!

With proper preparation, this badge can usually be accomplished in one session, but there is SO much to learn that you may want to spend more time.

Before you begin, find out what fossils might be available in your own area. Your Juniors will want to know.

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The materials below illustrate how some leaders taught this badge, using 3-4 requirements they chose for their groups. See the Badge manual for other requirement activities you may like better.

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Suggested Meeting Outlines

Worksheet Packets for Juniors & Leader Answer Keys

About the image on this page

Ammonites are members of the Cephalopoda class of Molluscs. This marine animal starts with a very small shell and forms new inner chambers as it grows. The chamber dividers are called septa, and seal off the previous living area as the animal moves into the addition it has built.

Image credit: Joan Stoker