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Origin of fossil
OTHER WORDS FROM fossilfos·sil·like, adjectivesub·fos·sil, noun
Example sentences from the Web for fossil
And if the fossils go to a private collector, they are effectively lost to paleontology and the public for good.Stopping the Million-Dollar Fossil Thieves: Illegal Trade Meets World of Insatiable Research|Scott Bixby|June 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Fossils, skulls, and hominid exhibitions throughout the caves are quite something.
On the beach to the westward of the island, the fossils called St. Cuthbert's beads—the entrochi of naturalists—are found.
In the beds of sandstone, fossils of marine animals are found.The Geography of the Region about Devils Lake and the Dalles of the Wisconsin|Rollin D. Salisbury
Nothing inanimate has interested him more than fossils and geological specimens.Eli and Sibyl Jones|Rufus Matthew Jones
These rocks are for the most part unstratified, and are devoid of fossils.A Manual of Elementary Geology|Charles Lyell.
Certainly not fewer than thirty or forty thousand different species of fossils have been discovered.The Past Condition of Organic Nature|Thomas H. Huxley
British Dictionary definitions for fossil
- a relic, remnant, or representation of an organism that existed in a past geological age, or of the activity of such an organism, occurring in the form of mineralized bones, shells, etc, as casts, impressions, and moulds, and as frozen perfectly preserved organisms
- (as modifier)fossil insects
- a person, idea, thing, etc, that is outdated or incapable of change
- (as modifier)fossil politicians
Word Origin for fossil
Scientific definitions for fossil
Other words from fossilfossilize verb
Cultural definitions for fossil
The evidence in rock of the presence of a plant or an animal from an earlier geological period. Fossils are formed when minerals in groundwater replace materials in bones and tissue, creating a replica in stone of the original organism or of their tracks. The study of fossils is the domain of paleontology. The oldest fossils (of bacteria) are 3.8 billion years old.