Paleontology: Fossils, Fossils, Fossils!

Paleontologists are geologists and scientists who specialize in the study of fossils. Fossils help to tell the story of our great Earth. Almost all fossils are found in sedimentary rock such as shale, limestone, and sandstone. A fossil is formed when an animal or plant dies and is quickly buried by sediment before it has time to decay. The hard parts of the animal or plant such as shells, bone and wood are fossilized in the rock formed from the sediment.

Great Index Fossils Tell a Tale

Index fossils are very important to geologists because they help to tell the tale of our Earth’s history. Geologists use these specific fossils to determine the relative age of rock layers and to correlate those rock layers worldwide. Sound far-fetched? It isn’t really. Some fossils have such unique characteristics that if you find them, you know exactly where you are in the age of Earth. Good index fossils lived for only a short period of time but lived all over the world.

The Earth’s Biggest Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs include some of the largest land animals ever to roam the Earth. The Age of Dinosaurs began approximately 245 million years ago. A mass extinction 65 million years ago ended the reign of these creatures. Some dinosaurs were as small as today’s dogs and chickens, while others stood over five stories tall. Scientists believe that large dinosaurs were able be reach their massive sizes due to a huge metabolism.

Rock & Mineral Coloring and Activity Book

Our new Rock & Mineral Coloring & Activity eBook is filled with 80 pages of childhood fun. We designed this book with families in mind!

These GeoBytes Rock

Our new GeoBytes collection are great for holiday and birthday gifts for children and adults who like to collect rocks and fossils.

New Fossils have arrived!

Take a byte out of geology with our new collection of rocks, minerals and FOSSILS! We have a great selection of some super old critters and plants including shark teeth, coral, snails, sand dollars and more.