OLogy: Buried Bones

Bury chicken bones in plaster of Paris to see the challenges paleontologists face when excavating fossils.

Fossilized bones are usually very delicate and deeply buried in rocks . Removing them in a lab takes skill, patience, and the right tools.

In this activity, you and a friend will create two make-believe dig sites by burying chicken bones in plaster of Paris – a powder that hardens when wet. Then you’ll try to excavate (dig out) the “fossils.”


Science Topics
Biology, Paleontology
K-6
Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

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