AudiencePrimary school, Secondary school
Learning stageStage 3, Stage 4, Stage 5
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- Even poo can be fossilised! These fossils are called coprolites.
- The oldest fossils, dated at 3.5 billion years old, are of microorganisms found in Western Australia.
- 20,000-year old trace fossils of human footprints were found in Lake Mungo National Park, NSW. A copy of these footprints is on the walkway into the Museum.
- What body parts do you most commonly find in fossils? Why?
- In which type of rock would you find a fossil? Igneous, sedimentary or metamorphic?
- How do the layers in Earth help us to figure out the age of fossils?
Fossils can be placed into four main groups based on the way they formed: impression, mineralised, trace and organic. This downloadable activity sheet summarises the features of each group and can be used as a guide to classify fossils.