FOSSILISATION


The Few, The Proud, The Fossilised


Derived from the Latin word fodere (to bury), the term fossilisation designates the process by which the remains of organisms are preserved in the geological record. These preserved remains are generally classified as either body fossils (e.g. bones, teeth, skin) or trace fossils (e.g. footprints, trackways, corpolites). Though, the idea of fossilisation as a selective and complex process may seem somewhat obvious (as the world would be literally blanketed in remains if fossilization was the rule rather than the exception), the rigorous set of filters through which a fossil must pass may not be as easily discernable. These filters include:

However, despite these constraints on fossilization and the 65 to 225 myr separating the Mesozoic creatures from their researchers, dinosaur fossils continue to be unearthed at loctions worldwide.


FOSSILISATION PROSPECTING COLLECTION
RESTORATION ASSEMBLAGE MUSCULATURE
ANIMATION REFERENCES MUSEUM LINKS

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