Thursday, June 11, 2015

Harvard Museum of Natural History: Fossil Fun!!

What an amazing field trip!!  Today we all became paleontologists. First we examined different types of fossils such as imprints, casts and molds.  We also saw parts of animals where only pieces of the remains were left.  Then we had time to explore the rest of the museum, visiting many "rooms" including: taxidermied animals, natural habitats of pond life, etc, glass flowers, rocks and minerals and Native Americans.  After a picnic lunch on the grounds of Harvard, we returned to the museum for our "class" on fossils.  Travelling through time with the Harvard Museum time machine, we went back to our "backyard" 500,000,000 years ago, 200,000,000 years ago and 10,000 years ago.  We learned that our backyard was once an ocean, a rain forests and covered by ice. We learned that there can be remains, such as bones, teeth and claws.  There are also traces like tracks, eggs and claw marks.  Holding fossils from a trilobite, shells and fish were quite amazing....however, the highlight...or lowlight...depending on who you ask, was holding fossilized dinosaur "poop".  The scientific name is coprolite.

Enjoy a picture walk of second grade paleontologists!!

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