Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Older than Dirt: NWS Students Study Fossils in Dirt from Museum

Third grade students at New Windsor Elementary School in the Newburgh Enlarged City School District recently became archeologists for the day.

The pupils in Ms. Bow, Ms. Alma, Mr. Formato, and Ms. Seymour’s classes received 40 pounds of dirt full of fossils that could date back as far as 25 million years ago. The samples came from the Aurora Fossil Museum in Aurora, North Carolina.

With the help of magnifying glasses and a fossil identification sheet, students sifted through the dirt and found all kinds of interesting fossils such as shells, different shark teeth, crocodile bones and parts of stingrays.  They each were able to collect a bag full of finds to share with their families. 

The youngsters were full of excitement and smiles as they made discoveries.  There may be a future archeologist among them.

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