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Fossil fun – a quick quiz

By , 11 August 2021

We’ve had to dig deep to bring you this quiz. Can you unearth all the right answers?

#1. Which of the following is a dinosaur?

Brontosaurus was a gigantic, plant-eating dinosaur. Scientists thought it might actually be the same genus as Apatosaurus, but a 2015 study says that the two are different.

#2. Over millions of years, crude oil can form from algae, bacteria and which of these other sources?

Crude oil forms from algae, bacteria and sea creatures that sink to the seafloor and are fossilised.

#3. What element is coal mostly made of?

Coal is mostly made of carbon, which is why it releases lots of carbon dioxide when it’s burned.

#4. How long ago did the dinosaurs go extinct?

Dinosaurs died out about 65 million years ago at the end of the Cretaceous period.

#5. Ediacarans are fossil organisms that are named after the South Australian Ediacara Hills, but what kind of lifeforms were they?

Ediacarans are the earliest complex lifeforms that we have discovered. They come in a range of shapes, from fronds to tubes and even some that look like inflatable mattresses!

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