Rocks, Fossils and Geological Time Periods
The aim is for students to gain a better understanding of how our knowledge of Earth sciences, particularly palaeontology is continually evolving. It is a growing field that allows us to make links between Earth in its current day, and its conception. Understanding how rocks form and their dynamic processes, gives an insight into the circumstances in which fossils are found. With this, understanding characteristics of geological time periods, can provide further understanding into the discovery of fossils and the significance of their discovery. Questions about evolution can be better understood and give rise to the opportunity to delve into contemporary science. By identifying types and processes of fossilisation in ostracods, students can understand that there is more to palaeontology than just dinosaurs. Seeing how current research is influencing scientific understanding can provide students with a deeper understanding and appreciation for scientific method and the world around us.