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Division: C – High School

NC Essential Standards Alignment:

Event Rules: See National Rules

Event Score Sheet: None

National Event Page: Here

Required Materials: Teams must bring a writing instrument.

Clarifications: None


This event is typically run as either a station event or a sit-down test. Teams will be presented with data, charts/graphs, pictures or diagrams and/or written descriptions. Teams will then be asked to answer questions, perform calculations, and otherwise solve the tasks they are given. Teams may also be asked to draw conclusions and predict likely future occurrences based on historical information. Teams use fossils to date and correlate rock units as well as demonstrate their knowledge of ancient life by completing tasks related to fossil identification and classification.


Each team may bring one magnifying glass, the Science Olympiad Official Fossil List, and one standard 2-inch or smaller 3-ring binder containing information in any form and from any source attached using the available rings. If the event features a rotation through a series of laboratory stations where the participants interact with samples, specimens, or displays; no material may be removed from the binder.


High score wins. Points are awarded for quality and accuracy of answers. Predetermined questions will be used as tiebreakers.

Common Mistakes:




Event Resources:

Nearpod Fossils Div C Test
Nearpod Fossils Div C Test Answers
Fossils 2019 Coaches Clinic Presentation (2020 Rules)