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Question 1: Terrestrial Paleocene strata immediately overlying the K-T boundary is in places marked by a "________ spike": a bed especially rich in fern fossils.
FernPlantEmbryophyteFlowering plant

Question 2: Members include ________, plesiadapids, and hoofed ungulates, including the condylarths and the carnivorous mesonychids.
Old World monkeyHominidaePrimateMammal

Question 3: [3] Tropical conditions gave rise to abundant marine life, including ________.
Tide poolSalt marshEstuaryCoral reef

Question 4: [3] The Laramide orogeny of the late Cretaceous continued to uplift the ________ in the American west, which ended in the succeeding epoch.
Rocky MountainsGreat PlainsAppalachian MountainsMontana

Question 5: Monotremes: three species of monotremes have survived to modern times: the Platypus, and two species of ________.
Short-beaked EchidnaMammalEchidnaChordate

Question 6: Champsosaurs declined towards the end of the Paleocene and became extinct during the ________.
Geologic time scalePlioceneLanghianMiocene

Question 7: At the end of the Cretaceous, the ________ and many species of foraminifera became extinct.
CephalopodNautiloidAmmoniteAmmonoidea

Question 8: These smaller mammals (as well as birds, reptiles, ________, and insects) survived the mass extinction at the end of the Cretaceous which wiped out the non-avian dinosaurs, and mammals diversified and spread throughout the world.
VertebrateTetrapodChordateAmphibian

Question 9: With the demise of marine reptiles at the end of the Cretaceous, ________ became the top predators.
SharkAngel sharkBullhead sharkGreat white shark

Question 10: [4] Ferns are often the first species to colonize areas damaged by forest fires; thus the fern spike may indicate post-________ devastation.
Impact eventBoltysh craterChicxulub craterK–T boundary







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