|Making some "fast fossils"|
On Monday we answered the question, "What is a fossil?" Campers demonstrated one type of fossilization process, permineralization and then created their own fossils (make sure to take your's out of the bag and set it in a sunny place!). We also learned about how paleoartists determine what an extinct animal may have looked like and matched reconstructions to their fossil remains. Lastly, campers discovered how rare fossilization is! We played a game to demonstrate approximately how many animals go on to become fossils. Ask your camper what his or her fate was.
|Matching fossils with their reconstructions|
Tuesday was all about predators and their prey, so we focused on the question, "What's for dinner?" We learned about some famous (and not-so-famous) predator/prey relationships from the prehistoric world on a tour with the counselors, matched teeth fossils to their prehistoric owners, and even had a special visit from a dinosaur friend! Campers "fed" dinosaurs in a special bean bag toss, but be sure to ask them what happened if they fed a pterosaur.
|Sarah the Triceratops visited!|
|Everyone was excited to meet her!|
|Playing "Feed the Dinosaurs."|
|Following fossil trackways.|
|This group correctly identified their fossil!|
|Working hard to put together a Velociraptor fossil puzzle.|
|Working on their pterosaurs.|
|Is it a dinosaur?|
|Some colorful dinosaur feathers.|
|Watch Archaeopteryx glide!|