What is another word for fossils?

Pronunciation: [fˈɒsə͡lz] (IPA)

Fossils are the preserved remains or traces of ancient life forms. Synonyms for the word 'fossil' include petrifaction, imprint, relic, residue, fossilization, remains, and skeleton. Petrifaction refers to the process of organic material turning into a rock, and this process helps create fossils. Imprint is another synonym and it refers to an impression left by an organism. Relic and residue both describe the remaining parts of an organism that are found after it has died. Fossilization refers to the process of an organism becoming a fossil. Remains and skeleton are often used to describe bones or other hard parts of an organism that have been fossilized and preserve life in the past.

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Usage examples for Fossils

But these fossils see more than they hear sometimes; and this old Major, for all he was so silent, must have noticed many little things that Christmas evening to cause him to say what he did next day to Sally.
"Somehow Good"
William de Morgan
I took a ride this day with Mr. Kennedy to a hill some miles eastward of the camp, in which he had found some remarkable fossils.
"Journal of an Expedition into the Interior of Tropical Australia In Search of a Route from Sydney to the Gulf of Carpentaria (1848) by Lt. Col. Sir Thomas Livingstone Mitchell Kt. D.C.L. (1792-1855) Surveyor-General of New South Wales"
Thomas Mitchell
Such fossils are not uncommon in Australia, on plains of rich black earth, which is a constant concomitant.
"Journal of an Expedition into the Interior of Tropical Australia In Search of a Route from Sydney to the Gulf of Carpentaria (1848) by Lt. Col. Sir Thomas Livingstone Mitchell Kt. D.C.L. (1792-1855) Surveyor-General of New South Wales"
Thomas Mitchell

Famous quotes with Fossils

  • Why has not anyone seen that fossils alone gave birth to a theory about the formation of the earth, that without them, no one would have ever dreamed that there were successive epochs in the formation of the globe.
    Georges Cuvier
  • The sand stones had fragments of charcoal on some surfaces but found no recognisable fossils.
    George Mercer Dawson
  • When the first fossils began to be found in eastern Africa, in the late 1950s, I thought, what a wonderful marriage this was, biology and anthropology. I was around 16 years old when I made this particular choice of academic pursuit.
    Donald Johanson
  • For fossils to thrive, certain favorable circumstances are required. First of all, of course, remnants of life have to be there. These then need to be washed over with water as soon as possible, so that the bones are covered with a layer of sediment.
    Richard Leakey
  • I can't think of any other region in the world which is such a vast source of fossils.
    Richard Leakey

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