Dinosaur fossils are evidence that the Earth was once populated by these gigantic creatures. Kids can play a variety of games that teach them about these fossils. The easiest way for children to gain access to dinosaur fossils is with a computer -- playing with real fossils is nearly impossible for most children.
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'Fossil Hunt Game'
"Fossil Hunt Game" is a puzzle game that helps illustrate how paleontologists discover dinosaur bones. Each level presents a raised portion of land made out of several tiles. The player clicks on the tiles using the mouse. She moves back and forth over the tiles repeatedly to uncover several different types of dinosaur bones. The player clicks on a matched set of bones to remove them from the gaming board. Removing bones uncovers more tiles underneath the fossils. Each level can be uncovered only if the player carefully chooses the right bones to remove at the right time. The game can be restarted at any time.
'Virtual Dinosaur Dig'
"Virtual Dinosaur Dig" helps educate players on the proper methods of uncovering dinosaur bones. It differs from the "Fossil Hunt Game" in that players are actually uncovering realistic looking dinosaur bones. This helps players learn about the fossils as well as the methods used to uncover them. The player is presented with a blank section of dirt. He clicks on the dirt using his mouse to break the rocks surrounding the fossil. After clearing it all, he clicks on the "next" arrow to dust off the bones and then paints the bones to identify them. Later stages include plastering the dig to preserve the bones, labelling the find and shipping it to a museum.
'Fossil Memory Matching Game'
"Fossil Memory Matching Game" helps educate players on the different types of fossils. It also tests their memory. A player starts out with three rows of four cards. She clicks on the cards to turn them over, and must match two of a kind to remove the cards. The player loses 20 points if she makes a mismatch but receives 100 for each match. Cards turned over include "The Dig," "Body Fossil," "Plant Fossil," "Resin Fossil," "Trace Fossil" and "Mold Fossil." Players receive a score at the end of the game. They can click the "restart" button to start with a new tile layout.
Dinosaur fossils fit together like pieces of a puzzle. "Skeleton Jigsaws" helps illustrate how hard it is for paleontologists to put these skeletons together. There are three difficulty levels to choose from, including Junior Fossiller and Professional Anatomist. A player clicks on the bones to the top right and drags them to the dinosaur profile to the left. If he places the bone in the correct spot, it changes colour and locks into place. Once the puzzle is completed, the dinosaur comes to life and wanders away. The game is timed, giving the player a chance to beat his own high score. There are multiple dinosaurs for players to complete.
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