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Layers of Time Fossil Game
Layers of Time Fossil Game
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Hi, I'm Sterling Nesbitt,  a paleontologist! I study the fossilized bones of dinosaurs and their reptilian ancestors to learn what life was like millions of years ago.

headshot of Sterling Nesbitt

Hi, I'm
Sterling Nesbitt,  a paleontologist! I study the fossilized bones of dinosaurs and their reptilian ancestors to learn what life was like millions of years ago.

headshot of Sterling Nesbitt

Hi, I'm
Sterling Nesbitt,  a paleontologist! I study the fossilized bones of dinosaurs and their reptilian ancestors to learn what life was like millions of years ago.

My first job is to find the fossils. Fossils are found in layers of sedimentary rock. So that's where the team and I go — to places with sedimentary rock. They could be as close as Arizona or as far away as the Gobi Desert in Mongolia!

Watch!

This video has two key facts you need to know to play the game!

Every fossil is a piece in the great puzzle that is the history of life on Earth.

Play this game to put the pieces together!

Image Credits:

Skeleton (Mongolia) and Lab Table: courtesy David Clark; Ghost Ranch lab and dig site: courtesy Duncan Clark; All fossil icons, Sean Murtha/ © AMNH; ammonite, © AMNH; Coelophysus, Sean Murtha/© AMNH; cockroach, Lisa Ames, UGA. Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0) ; Coleoptera, unsplash / Ritchie Valens; dragonfly, unsplash / Noble Brahma; Diptera, unsplash / Juan Pablo Mascanfroni; Dicynodont, public domain via Ghedoghedo/Wikimedia Commons; Effigia, Sean Murtha/© AMNH; flower, unsplash / Drew Beamer; gingko, unsplash / Photoholgic; horse, unsplash / Maksym Diachenko; Homo sapien, unsplash / Theodore Goutas; Icthyosaurs, © AMNH; mollusk, unsplash / Krzysztof Niewolny; Multituberculates, © AMNH; conifer, unsplash / Elisa Ph.; Postosuchus, Sean Murtha/© AMNH; Pterosaur, Sean Murtha/© AMNH; rudist, © AMNH; rugose coral, © AMNH, Sauropod, Rick Spears/© AMNH; shark, unsplash / Gerald Schömbs; Stegosaurus, Rick Spears/© AMNH; Tarbosaurus, Sean Murtha/© AMNH; trilobite, R. Mickens/© AMNH; Tyrannosaurus rex, Illustration by Zhao Chuang; Courtesy of PNSO.