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* 1. Recently published research by a team of scientists from Switzerland, Sweden, the UK and China proposes that flowering plants originated in which geologic period?

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* 2. What is the scientific name of the Connecticut State fossil?

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* 3. Mignon Talbot was the first woman to graduate with a PhD in Geology from Yale and the first woman to discover and name a dinosaur. What is the name she created for this rare Early Jurassic discovery?

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* 4. According to an international team of researchers, fossil leaf assemblages indicate that vegetation in South America suffered great losses but rebounded quickly after a massive asteroid struck the planet 66 million years ago. In what country were these leaf fossils discovered?

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* 5. In 1903, which one of the following paleontologists named Brachiosaurus as well as presented evidence that Brontosaurus and Apatosaurus were the same type of dinosaur?

Note: New research published in 2015 reaffirmed Yale’s first paleontologist O.C. Marsh’s original interpretation that Brontosaurus and Apatosaurus were distinct genera.

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* 6. Dimetrodon is famous for its large sail on its back and being one of the first apex predators in the Permian Period. While most fossils of Dimetrodon are found in the United States, one is known from a European country that is also famous for its Solnhofen fossils. What is the name of this country?

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* 7. In 2020, paleontologists reported the discovery of a football sized fossil egg from the Cretaceous Period of Antarctica. This unusual looking egg would have had a soft shell originally. What animal do the researchers think laid this egg?

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* 8. Which of these geologic periods is NOT part of the Mesozoic Era?

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* 9. Which African country is often referred to as the “Cradle of Humankind” for the large number of important hominid fossils including “Lucy”, “Ardi” and the “Dikika Child” discovered there?

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* 10. What astonishing specimen, thought to have been extinct for 66 million years, did naturalist and museum researcher Marjorie Courtney-Latimer collect in 1938?

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