How do we identify incomplete fossils?
Most animal fossils are found as isolated bones and teeth, rather than complete skeletons. The missing bones might have been destroyed by predators or scavengers as they fed on the animal, swept away by floods, fractured under heavy sediments after burial, or broken while eroding out of the ground. However, scientists familiar with skeletal anatomy can still identify isolated or fragmentary fossils.

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1. Where in time is the Dinosaur Park?
2. What was Cretaceous Maryland like?
3. Where do fossils come from?
4. How do we identify incomplete fossils?
5. What animals and plants lived at Dinosaur Park?