Creative Writing Ideas

Here are some ideas that synthesize the fossilization process in alternative ways:

1. Have the students write a story about fossilization from the point-of-view of the organism. The following items should be included and they can elaborate as they wish.

Type of organism

In what time period did they live

How the organism died

Where did they die: the surrounding environment

Why were they fossilized: what conditions allowed their fossilization

Who found them and what did that person think of the fossil

 

2. If you had a choice, how would you want to be fossilized and why?

 

3. We know that the fossil record, while very useful, is incomplete. If you were to discover the first fossil of a particular organism, what would it be and why?

 

Link to Fossilization Page