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fossil

the remains of a once-living organism preserved in the rock strata.
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I say, that when a man endures patiently what ought to be unendurable, he is a fossil.
Consequently evidence of their former existence could be found only amongst fossil remains, which are preserved, as we shall in a future chapter attempt to show, in an extremely imperfect and intermittent record.
Hence the chance of discovering species with transitional grades of structure in a fossil condition will always be less, from their having existed in lesser numbers, than in the case of species with fully developed structures.
Amongst existing Vertebrata, we find but a small amount of gradation in the structure of the eye, and from fossil species we can learn nothing on this head.
We told him not to be afraid, but to speak the plain truth: Was it the fossil of a pre-Adamite whale, or was it an early Roman coffin?
Hunting for fossils and bones is one of the National Trust's '50 things to do before you're 11 3/4'.
Need to know | Paleontology is the branch of biology that studies the forms of life that existed in former geologic periods, primarily by studying fossils.
A 3D printer has been used to recreate dinosaur fossils through computed tomography (CT) scans.
The shape and size of the fossils showed that they came from little cousins of humankind, the team concluded.
It was hot and dry when I spent the Fourth of July digging for fossils on the 5E Ranch north of Billings, Mont.
The published proceedings of some of those meetings, notably the seminal volume Trace Fossils (Crimes and Harper 1970), have played no small role in advancing the discipline.
From 1987 to 1996, the Costa Mesa resident recovered fossils at the landfill, including the jawbone of a new species now named after him.