CMS Students Dig into Science

posted Sep 17, 2014, 5:16 PM by BGPS Web   [ updated Sep 17, 2014, 9:57 PM ]

CMS Students Dig into Science

September 17, 2014

Eighth graders at Chief Umtuch Middle School got an up close look at microfossils from an archaeology dig at the Hell Creek Formation in Montana. The students in Larissa McAree's science class learned how data is collected and helped researchers at the dig categorize the fossils by identifying what animals they came from. 

Researchers at the dig are studying a layer of soil at the boundary of the Cretaceous and Tertiary periods (about 66 million years ago) to learn more about what might have happened during a major extinction event that occurred after an asteroid collided with Earth. 

The students at Chief Umtuch separated tiny fossils from rocks using archaeology tools and then examined the fossils under microscopes. Then students compared the real fossils to images of fossils from a variety of animals that lived during the Cretaceous Period, and recorded the types of animals the fossils might have been in notebooks.