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     You can browse photographs of approximately 60 different fossil types and the Teaching Objectives for the Mysteries we have written about each fossil. A selection of Fossil Mysteries will be included in every kit.  You can also order Fossil Mysteries separately.  Each Mystery includes the sample, or samples, along with the Question and Answer sheets for the Mystery.  Call 530-526-0858 for more information.


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002-Petrified Wood, Grades 1-5
Sample: Petrified wood that shows bark, growth rings, branches,  or other structures easily identified as wood. Teaching Objectives: To show that petrified wood has been turned to stone (petr ...
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009-Brachiopod + Articulated Bivalve Grades 6-12
SAMPLE: - Brachiopod that clearly shows both valves - One articulated simple modern mollusk like a clamTEACHING OBJECTIVES: -To introduce the fossil Brachiopod -To show that some fossils are related ...
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010-Articulated Bivalve Grades 5-8
SAMPLE: — An articulated bivalve fossil (any fossil mollusk or brachiopod in which both shells of one individual are together)Teaching Objectives: — To introduce an articulated bivalve &m ...
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$8.00
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015-Diatomite Grades 4-10
SAMPLE: - A piece of diatomiteTeaching Objectives: - To introduce diatomite, diatoms, and the concept of a rock made of diatom shells or tests - To introduce the idea that a rock can be made of lit ...
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018-Shells, Modern & Fossil -- Grades 6-12
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: — Modern shell(s) — Fossil shell(s) identified by paleontologistsTeaching Obje ...
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024-Fossil Vertebra, Tertiary, Porpoise Grades 1-6
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: - A large fossil vertebra from a marine animal like a porpoise, or a whale - A diagram of ...
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$15.00
025-Fossil Vertebra, Tertiary, Whale Grades 1-6
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: - A large fossil vertebra from a marine animal like a porpoise, or a whale - A diagram of ...
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026-Trace Fossils Grades 3-12
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: -- Shale (i.e., Devonian, from the Fingerlakes Region of New York State) showing the track ...
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$15.00
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029-Cobbles, Quartzite w/ Scolithus linearis Grades 6-12
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: -- A rounded stream cobble from the Potomac Conglomerate (Cretaceous, Eastern Maryland and ...
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$9.00
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030-Coal, Bituminus Grades 1-9
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: - One or more pieces of coalTEACHING OBJECTIVES: - To introduce the shape and texture of ...
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032-Petrified Wood and Fossil Bone Grades 2-8
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLES: - A piece of petrified wood that shows bark or other structure easily identified as wood - ...
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$15.00
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038-Fossil-bearing Rock Grades 2-6
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: - A rock sample packed with familiar-looking fossils (clams, snails, brachiopods, etc.)TEAC ...
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039-Shale with + Shale without Fossils Grades 6-9
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLES: - One piece of shale showing fossil shells - A piece of shale (or metamorphosed shale, cal ...
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042-Fossil limestone Grades 2-6
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: -- A piece of fossiliferous shale or limestone containing evidence for fossils such as crin ...
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$8.00
046-Exogyra Grades 3-10
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLES: -- A nearly complete specimen of Exogyra (Cretaceous) showing thick shellTEACHING OBJECTIVE ...
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$12.00
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047-Gryphaea Grades 3-10
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLES: -- A nearly complete specimen of Gryphaea (Cretaceous) showing thick shellTEACHING OBJECTI ...
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$12.00
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055-Trilobite Grades 3-8
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions.SAMPLES: -- A well-preserved trilobite, preferably one still in the rock matrix.TEACHING OBJECTIVES: ...
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$7.00
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056-Horn Coral Grades 1-5
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions.SAMPLES: -- A well-preserved horn coralTEACHING OBJECTIVES: -- To introduce horn corals -- To show th ...
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057-Brachiopod Grades 3-5
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions.SAMPLE -- A piece of rock clearly showing brachiopods, or a single brachiopod -- TEACHER PROVIDED: A ...
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$7.00
058-Toredo Grades 3-8 Worm, Tertiary, FL
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLES: -Tubes lived in by Toredo Mollusks.TEACHING OBJECTIVES: -To introduce the concept of boring ...
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$6.00
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066-Echinoderm Grades 1-4
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: - A fossil echinoderm showing the five-arm star on its shellTEACHING OBJECTIVES: - T ...
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$8.00
069-Fossils, Paleozoic, Indiana Grades 3-12
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLES: —An assemblage of Ordovician age fossils from the Brookville, Indiana area — Mystery inclu ...
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$12.00
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075-Fossil Leaves, Black Shale, Pennsylvanian Grades 2-12
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: -- A piece of black shale or mudstone clearly showing imprint of fossil leavesTEACHING OBJE ...
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$15.00
079-Trace Fossil, Snail Trail Grades 2-12
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: — Sandy mudstone showing clear trace of an animal, like a snail making a track across the b ...
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$12.00
082-Shale w/ Leaf Fossils Grades 3-6
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: -- Shale with pieces of fossil leaves and stemsTEACHING OBJECTIVES: -- To encourage use of ...
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$10.00
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084-Coprolite Grades 2-12
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: -- Coprolite (kop-row-lite) samplesTEACHING OBJECTIVES: -- To show a very exciting TRACE ...
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$10.00
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087-Brain Coral Grades 3-6
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: - A sample of brain coralTEACHING OBJECTIVES: - To introduce the coral type, Meandrina - To s ...
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$9.00
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103-Dentalia Grades 3-12
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: - Several Dentalia shellsTEACHING OBJECTIVES: - To introduce the Mollusk called Dentalia - To ...
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$9.00
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110-Turritella Grades 1-4
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: - Turritella fossilTEACHING OBJECTIVES: - To show that fossil snails (Turritella) grow in a ...
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$8.00
111-Fossil Barnacles Grades 4-12
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: - BARNACLE SHELLS (either modern, or fossil)TEACHING OBJECTIVES: - To introduce barnacles ...
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$12.00
114-Coral,Miocene Age Grades 1-4
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: - A typical Miocene coralTEACHING OBJECTIVES: - To introduce the concept of GEOLOGIC TIME - T ...
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$10.00
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117-Graptolites Grades 1-6
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: - A piece of shale clearly showing one or more Graptolites TEACHING OBJECTIVES: - To introd ...
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$7.00
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121-Rock with Trilobite Pieces Grades 3-8
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: - Several slabs of rock showing clearly pieces of Trilobites. - A good illustration of a ...
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$10.00
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123-Fossils,ID to species +location Grades 5-8
SAMPLES: — A fossil identified to species with location where found and geologic ageTEACHING OBJECTIVES: — To introduce fossil families, i.e. genus and species — To strengthen the concept of geologic ...
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124-Fossil Sand Dollar Grades 5-8
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLES: — One or two Pliocene-age sand dollars TEACHING OBJECTIVES: — To introduce fossil sand doll ...
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$9.00
125-Fossil Assemblage Grades 5-8
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLES: —An assemblage of fossils TEACHING OBJECTIVES: — To introduce the concept of fossil assembla ...
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$9.00
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127-Crinoid-bearing Rock Grades 1-6
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: -- A piece of limestone, or limey mudstone that clearly shows pieces of crinoidTEACHING OBJ ...
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$7.00
129-Fossils, Pliocene Grades 3-6
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: -- A group of fossils that are representative of life on Pliocene-age, off-shore shoals nea ...
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130-Bryozoans, Tertiary Grades 5-8
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: -- A sample of Tertiary Age bryozoan clearly showing the fine network pattern.TEACHING OBJ ...
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134-Oyster, Ostrea Sinuosa Grades 6-12
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: A large, heavy valve (shell) from Ostrea sinuosa, the Paleocene oyster that was common alo ...
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$10.00
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138-Crinoids, loose pieces Grades 1-5
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: -- A piece or pieces of crinoid stemTEACHING OBJECTIVES: -- To introduce the important Paleo ...
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139-Ammonites, Germany Grades 7-12
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: A specimen of ammonite from the lower Jurassic age (Lias) in Germany. The shell must show ...
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$7.00
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140-Fossil Fish, Eocene Grades 4-10
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: A fossil fish in Eocene Age lake sediments of the Green River Formation, Wyoming, USA TEAC ...
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$15.00
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142-Large Mollusk Shell, Cretaceous Grades 3-12
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: A large fossil mollusk with both shells, or valves intact TEACHING OBJECTIVES: -- To introd ...
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$15.00
059-Worm Burrows in Sedimentary Rock Grades 4-10
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. MYSTERY SAMPLE: — A piece of drill core, or other rock that clearly shows burrows OBJECTIVES: — To i ...
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146-Scleractinian Coral Identification Grades 11-12
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions.Sample: -- A piece of a colonial coral that shows several well preserved corallites (door to one cora ...
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$15.00
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147-Fossil Leaves and Stems Grades 1-4
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: -- A piece of mudstone or shale THAT IS NOT BLACK clearly showing leaves and/or stemsTEACHIN ...
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$8.00
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170-Fossil Trailways, Crawling Organism Grades 3-8
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: -- Silty or sandy shale showing the tracks of animals imprinted on bedding plane surface .T ...
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171-Ammonite Grades 7-12
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: An ammonite fossil shellTEACHING OBJECTIVES: -- To practice the taxonomic system of class ...
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186-Fossil Assemblage,Pliocene, Chuckatuck,VA Grades 3-12
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLES: —An assemblage of fossils from Pliocene age sedimentary rocks near Portsmouth, Virginia ...
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187-Oyster, Ostrea sp. Grades 3-8
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: A large, heavy valve (shell) from Ostrea sp., the Tertiary oyster that was common along t ...
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188-Shell Hash Grades 1-6
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: -- Pieces of broken shell, etc. from an ocean beach or near shore environmentTEACHING OBJEC ...
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189-Fossil Assemblage, Ordovician Grades 4-10
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLES: —An assemblage of Ordovician age fossils from the Cincinnati Group, Ohio/Kentucky/Indiana, U ...
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193-Fossil Assemblage, Cincinnati Group Grades 5-12
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLES: —An assemblage of Ordovician age fossils from the Cincinnati Group, Ohio/Kentucky/Indiana, ...
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195-Graptolites Grades 7-9
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: - A piece of shale clearly showing one or more Graptolites TEACHING OBJECTIVES: - To introd ...
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201-Ammonites, Jurassic, England Grades 7-12
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: A specimen of ammonite from the lower Jurassic age (Lias) in England. The shell must show ...
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206-Fossil Sea Urchin Grades 1-4
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLES: -- A fossil sea urchin showing some shell designTEACHING OBJECTIVES: -- To introduce the p ...
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226-Fish Vertebrae, Miocene Grades 4-8
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: -- Miocene fish vertebra from east coast, USATEACHING OBJECTIVES: -- To introduce fossil f ...
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050-Bryozoan,Stony,Ordovician Grades 2-5
Mystery includes rock, fossil, or mineral sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: - A sample of either loose pieces of stony bryozoans (the branched type common in the earl ...
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244-Trace Fossil in Limestone Grades 3-5
Mystery includes fossil sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLE: -- A slab of limestone showing the tracks of animals imprinted on a bedding plane surfaceTEACHING OBJECTIVES: ...
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$10.00
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247-Shale with & without fossils (any type) Grades 3-8
Mystery includes fossil sample and Mystery questions with teaching instructions. SAMPLES: - A piece of shale showing fossils; for example, leaf pieces (pictured), shell bits, or molds of snail-like ...
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$10.00
003-Fossil Shark's Teeth, Grades 1-12
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