What’s Old is New

Our ESL students all have many different interests and are learning English at Hancock International College for many reasons. Our world is connected though by many commonalities besides English, one being Fossils! Today is national Fossil Day so I thought I’d share the best places to see Fossils in America in case our International students can plan ahead and make the trip on their next break!

Smithsonianmag.com says, “Fossils predate the written record by billions of years, but their impact on human history—and the way humans perceive the world around them—has been palpable for centuries. By offering a rare glimpse into worlds forgotten or unknown, fossils have long fascinated humans. Sometimes, fossils inspired mythology and folklore—in fourth century China, a historian mistook a fossilized dinosaur bone for a dragon bone. Other times, fossils gave scientists the physical evidence needed to piece together the natural history of life on Earth—in the late 1700s, fossil discoveries helped scientists understand the concept of extinction. Today, studying the fossil record remains as critical as ever. As the Earth’s climate continues to change, understanding how previous species adapted (or didn’t) to changes in the past gives scientists an indication about how we might respond to changes in the future.

To celebrate National Fossil Day, take a trip back through the Earth’s four main geologic eras, and check out places in the United States where you can see, firsthand, the evolution of life on Earth…

In the Grand Canyon, check out fossils of 500-million-year-old trilobites found in the Bright Angel shale. The Carlsbad Caverns contain some of the best known examples of marine fossils from the Permian period, which occurred at the end of the Paleozoic—there, you can see trilobites, brachiopods (marine animals that look like clams), sponges, bryozoans (microscopic ‘moss animals’ that helped build Permian reefs) and more. The Mojave National Preserve also contains numerous Paleozoic fossils, including corals from the later Paleozoic periods.”

Full Article: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/travel-through-time-national-fossil-day-180952992/

Idiom of the Day

Go the Way of the Dinosaurs

Meaning: To become extinct, obsolete, old-fashioned, or no longer in common use.

Example: If we don’t get climate change under control, we’re going to see a number of animal species go the way of the dinosaurs.