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Brought to You By… Fossils

By / Apr 1, 2014 (iStock/Thinkstock)

In sometimes surprising ways, associations play direct and indirect roles in bringing the products, services, and activities of daily life to people around the world. Including fossils.

National Earth Science Teachers Association: Found within the Earth’s sedimentary rocks, fossils date back some 3.5 billion years. These remains of once-living organisms are invaluable to researchers and scientists in determining the Earth’s history—just ask a member of the National Earth Science Teachers Association.

Paleontological Society: Anyone interested in collecting, or hunting, fossils may want to consult the Paleontological Society’s Code of Fossil Collecting. Adopted by the group’s membership in 1993, the code states that fossil collectors should obtain the appropriate permits and make every effort to hand over rare or unique specimens to institutions that will provide for the materials’ study, care, and curation.

Dinosaur Society: Although fossils encompass more than dinosaur bones, the remains of these prehistoric reptiles are among the most popular types of fossils. And there certainly were plenty of these creatures roaming the Earth more than 65 million years ago: A new species of dinosaur is discovered roughly every seven weeks, according to the Dinosaur Society.

Katie Bascuas

Katie Bascuas is associate editor of Associations Now. More »

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