A sedimentary stone that has preserved an impression of a plant or animal from another geological time period. Fossils are found in all parts of the world. The imprints are sometimes formed when animals, insects, or plants walked through or were trapped in mud, peat, ice, or tar. Collectively, fossils have produced a record of the evolution of many organisms.
Synonyms and Related Terms
fósil (Esp.); fossile (Fr.); fóssil (Port.); Fossil (Deut.); fossiel (Ned.)
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