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Prehistoric Life Loan Box

The Prehistoric Life Loan Box contains materials about extinct animals and fossils, including the wooly mammoth to crinoid. Explore the diversity of prehistoric life and investigate why these animals and plants are extinct. 

Suggested Grades 3 – 12
Weight  55 lbs. (box has wheels)
Dimensions 32" L x 16.5" W x 14" H

Standards Explored

3-LS4-1 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
3-LS4-4 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
4-ESS1-1 Earth’s Place in the Universe
4-LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
5-PS1-3 Matter and Its Interactions
MS-LS4-1 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
HS-LS4-5 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity


Activity Binder
Small fossil investigation
Geological timeline
Geobit 1 Exotic Rocks
Geobit 2 End Moraines
Geobit 5 Illinois’ State Fossil
Geobit 6 The Trilobite
Geobit 10 Plate tectonics: Mysteries solved!

Specimen 29. Giant beaver skull replica
Specimen 30. Beaver skull
Specimen 31. Musk Ox nasal bone fossil
Specimen 32 Wooly Mammoth humerus bone fossil
Specimen 33. Sabertooth cat canine tooth replica
Specimen 35. Mastodon tooth replica
Specimen 36. Wooly Mammoth tooth replica
Fold-out case of magnifying lenses (9)
Wood blocks (2)
The Book of Life: Fossils

Display Box A
Specimens 1A.—29A. Brachiopods
Specimens 30A.—35A. Horn corals
Specimen 162. Brachiopod

Display Box B
Specimens 1B.—12B. Trilobites
Specimens 25B.—36B.

Box 1: Precambrian Times

Box 2: Silurian and Devonian Times
Specimen 4. Trilobite replica
Specimens 5, 6, 7. Trilobite (Calymene) fossil
Specimen 8. Coral (favosites) fossil
Specimen 9. Coral (halysites) fossil
Specimen 10. Coral fossil
Specimens11, 12, 13. Crinoid fossil
Specimens 15 & 68. Brachiopod fossil

Box 3: Mississippian and Pennsylvanian Times
Specimen 16. Schizoblastus fossil
Specimen 17. Crinoid (eutrochocrimus christyi) fossil
Specimen 18. Archimedes bryozoan fossil
Specimen 19. Horn coral fossil
Specimen 20. Coal coral fossil
Specimen 21. Calamites stem fossil
Specimen 22. Lepidodendron bark fossil
Specimen 23. Pecopteris unita fern leaf fossil
Specimen 24. Annularia gailoides leaves fossil

Box 4: Cretaceous, Oligocene, to Recent Times
Specimen 25. Mosasaur flipper bone fossil
Specimen 26. Ammonite fossil
Specimen 27. Belemnatella belemnite fossil
Specimen 28. North American Rhino wrist fossil
Specimen 34. Clovis spear point
Specimen 181. Spinosaurus aegypticus tooth fossil