What were environmental conditions like when this rock was deposited?
Was it rainy, wet, arid, seasonally dry?
What plants lived in the area when this rock was deposited?
Were there environmental stresses on that vegetation?
Was there niche partitioning amongst similar, coexisting taxa?
What was the preferred diet of specific animals
Were some animals generalists? Did others prefer a specific diet?
Can we distinguish between a predator and a scavenger?
What were the ecological effects of major geological events?
Were these animals (such as dinosaurs) warm-blooded or cold-blooded?
Did these animals migrate seasonally?
How rapidly did animals and plants grow?
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