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Fossils Quiz

Quiz: Test your fossils and geology knowledge

  1. What rocks are fossils typically found in: igneous, metamorphic or sedimentary?
  2. What is the scientific study of fossils called?
  3. What is the name of the 95-mile long World Heritage Site coastline of Dorset and Devon, a popular area for collecting fossils?
  4. Gryphaea are an extinct species of oyster. Due to its gnarly, curled shape they are known as "Devil's..." what?

  5. Which small UK island is famously known as "Dinosaur Island" because of its many dinosaur remains?
  6. Name the extinct group of marine molluscs, whose fossils are often referred to as 'fossil bullets' because of their pointed, conical shape?
  7. Name the 19th century fossil collector and dealer, who was known for her fossil discoveries along the cliffs at Lyme Regis in Dorset?
  8. Discovered in limestone quarries, which extinct marine arthropod and common type of fossil was nicknamed the Dudley Bug or Dudley Locust by local 18th-century quarrymen?
  9. Richard Owen is best remembered for coining what word in 1841?
  10. What's the fossilized resin produced by certain trees, often containing well-preserved ancient insects?
  11. What is the name of the first dinosaur ever discovered and described scientifically?
  12. Which very common fossils are cephalopods with a coiled, spiral shell and intricate chambers?
  13. What name after a Beatle's song was given to the 3.2 million-year old fossil skeleton of a human ancestor, discovered in Ethiopia in 1974?
  14. What is coprolite, a fossilized form of?
  15. Known for its fossils and fallen trees, the Petrified Forest National Park is in which American state?


  1. Sedimentary
  2. Paleontology
  3. Jurassic Coast
  4. Devil's toenails
  5. Isle of Wight
  6. Belemnites
  7. Mary Anning
  8. Trilobite
  9. Dinosaur
  10. Amber
  11. Megalosaurus
  12. Ammonites
  13. Lucy
  14. Faeces, dinsosaur poo
  15. Arizona