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  • The following activity allows students to make molds and casts in Plaster of Paris. They will see the difference between the two fossil types and determine which gives them more information, the cast or mold.

    There are two main kinds of trace fossils, molds and casts. A mold forms when something is pressed into soft mud and removed by decomposition or pulled out, leaving an impression of the object. A cast is a 3-D example of an object of the past created when a mold fills up with sediment like mud, sand or volcanic ash.

  • Fossils are remains of life from the past. The most common kinds of fossil preservation are molds and casts. The activity will give students the chance to make modern day molds and casts.

    Polymer clay can be used to make many kinds of molds. Anyone can make them, and mold making is also one of the most fun and useful things to do with polymer clay. Once hardened the molds can be used to shape new raw polymer clay or other kinds of clay and materials, and raw polymer clay can also be used in molds not made from polymer clay. Shallow molds in sheet form called texture molds can also be created, and reverse molds made in two steps can act as stamps. Most clay molds are "push molds" which make casts that are flat on one side, but two-part molds can be made for creating 3D molds and casts though not as often.

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    Molds and Casts

    Molds and Casts are

    Mold & Cast Fossils

    Making a Fossil Replica

    The mold mimics the depression

    and their molds and casts

    Fossil Marine Reptile Cast

    Sidewalk Fossils

    Fossil from Sydney Mines

    Molds and Casts Fossils are

    Cast and Mold Fossils

    example of a cast fossil

    Cone Cast

    Ammonite Mold & Cast

    and form the cast fossil

    Internal mold of a pelecypod

    mold of Stroboceras

    molds

    Next Fossil Kit

  • Once the cast

    Molds and Casts

    Molds and Casts are

    Mold & Cast Fossils

    Making a Fossil Replica

    The mold mimics the depression

    and their molds and casts

    Fossil Marine Reptile Cast

    Sidewalk Fossils

    Fossil from Sydney Mines

    Molds and Casts Fossils are

    Cast and Mold Fossils

    example of a cast fossil

    Cone Cast

    Ammonite Mold & Cast

    and form the cast fossil

    Internal mold of a pelecypod

    mold of Stroboceras

    molds

    Next Fossil Kit

    Traces of extinct organisms, such as burrows, shells, plants, trails and tracks, represent a type of fossil mold or cast if the three-dimensional integrity is preserved. Molds and casts that faithfully replicate the external form of an organism provide paleontologists clues about the surface anatomy and behavior of an ancient organism. According to The Petrified Wood Museum, a common fossil mold includes insect wing impressions. By studying the preserved pleating on the wings, paleontologists identify the insect family.

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Imprints, impressions and many trace fossils, such as, burrows, insect galleries, and tracks, may represent types of molds or casts if they retain their three-dimensional character. Molds and casts are important because they can faithfully replicate the external form of an organism in a three-dimensional fashion, giving the paleontologist information about surface anatomy.