What is fossil?

  • (noun): Someone whose style is out of fashion.
    Synonyms: dodo, fogy, fogey
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Fossils (from Latin fossus, literally "having been dug up") are the preserved remains or traces of animals (also known as zoolites), plants, and other organisms from the remote past. The totality of fossils, both discovered and undiscovered, and their placement in fossiliferous (fossil-containing) rock formations and sedimentary layers (strata) is known as the fossil record.

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Supraorbital Ridge - Anthropological Concept
... of these ridges varies also between different species of primates, either living or fossil ... The fossil record indicates that the supraorbital ridge in early hominins was reduced as the cranial vault grew and became positioned vertically, above the face ... Fossil hominids, in this theory, have the frontal torus, but modern humans only have the ridge ...
Micropezidae - Fossil Record
... Several fossil species have been found in Baltic amber, probably from the Late Eocene (about 36 million years old) ... Two fossil genera are presently recognized, Cypselosomatites and the advanced Electrobata which may be more than one genus however ...
Fossil, Inc. - Awards
... Fossil won awards for "Most Effective Use of Online Creative" and "Best of Show" awards for the 6th Annual DFWIMA Excellence in Interactive Marketing (in 2006) ...
Alcinae - Systematics
... Basal and incertae sedis Alcodes (fossil Late Miocene of Orange County, USA) Hydrotherikornis (fossil Late Eocene of Oregon, USA) – disputed "Mancalla" diegensis (fossil Middle Pliocene of ...
Fossil Detectives
... Fossil Detectives is a 2008 BBC Television documentary series in which presenter Hermione Cockburn travels across Great Britain exploring fossil sites and ...

More definitions of "fossil":

  • (noun): The remains (or an impression) of a plant or animal that existed in a past geological age and that has been excavated from the soil.
  • (adj): Characteristic of a fossil.

Famous quotes containing the word fossil:

    The earth is not a mere fragment of dead history, stratum upon stratum like the leaves of a book, to be studied by geologists and antiquaries chiefly, but living poetry like the leaves of a tree, which precede flowers and fruit,—not a fossil earth, but a living earth; compared with whose great central life all animal and vegetable life is merely parasitic.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)