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Did You Know?

The trilobite, usually about as big as a quarter, is Ohio’s state fossil - but the biggest one ever found was discovered in Canada, and is over 70 cm (almost 28”) long! (Isotelus Rex, found in Manitoba in 1998.)


Fossil Finder Word Search
Can you find all the fossil words buried in our search?

Skeleton Jigsaws from the BBC
Can you build a beast from the bones you find? Choose your level, try different beasts and race the clock!

Mystery Fossil from the University of California Museum of Paleontology
Each month the museum posts a new fossil for website visitors to identify. Even if you can’t tell what it is, there’s a lot to learn from checking the answer, and looking at the archives, the past postings of their monthly challenges.

Burying Bodies, from the BBC
This interactive page lets you see what happens when an animal carcass is put in different environments. Will a fossil form?

Fossil Collecting at Caesar Creek Lake
Check this page for information about what to do if you want to go fossil-hunting at Caesar Creek Lake.

Dig for Chips!
Be a kitchen paleontologist! Get a cookie with chips or nuts in it. Then, using only toothpicks or safe kitchen tools (ask a grownup!), try to dig the chips or nuts out of the cookie without damaging any. Not so easy!


Rockfinders: Hunt for Rocks, Minerals and Fossils! [DVD]
Learn the basics with host Max Orbit.

Dinosaur, from DK Eyewitness [DVD]
See how scientists find dinosaurs’ bones, reconstruct their lives, and speculate on why they died.

America's National Treasures [DVD]
Discover the fossil treasures of the Pacific Northwest in Disc 2, volume 9.

Web Links

Cincinnati Fossils
A listing of all types of fossils found in the Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana region. Keep clicking until you reach the photos!

What’s the Point? from the Ohio Public Library Information Network
Paleontologists search for fossils, and sometimes find artifacts that help them date fossils in the same area. Have you found any Ohio flint arrowheads? This site will help you identify and date any you find!

Ohio’s State Fossil from the Ohio Secretary of State
Official information about the Isotelus (a trilobite).

Paleoecology, from the University of California Museum of Paleontology
Paleoecology lets us learn about long-ago environments by studying plant fossils. (Click on “Next” or “More” when it appears, to see all the screens.)

Fossils, from Idaho Public Television’s Dialogue for Kids
Read the Fossil Facts, click on "Watch the Show," near the top of the page, and view the "Fossils" episode to learn about fossils in the West.

Fossils, from the American Museum of Natural History
Games and learning just for kids!