What is a fossil? Quick Definition

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Info on the photos shown here:

Baby woolly mammoth was preserved in Russian permafrost for an estimated 40k years. Photo by Ruth Hartnup: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ruthanddave/29602403461 CC BY 2.0

The “early walking fish” is Tiktaalik, I hope that needs no further explanation 😉 It was preserved in river sediment. Photo by By Eduard Solà at the Chicago Field Museum CC BY-SA 3.0

The Teleoceras rhino preserved in volcanic ash comes from the Ashfall fossil beds in Nebraska. CC BY-SA 2.0

The tar preserved saber-tooth is a replica by bone clones of a specimen from the La Brae Tar pits in L.A. California.

The sandstone Sauropodomorph comes from this paper: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0009789

Photo of the unidentified insect in amber comes from Anders L. Damgaard – www.amber-inclusions.dk CC BY-SA 3.0

Gorgosaurus was a photo I took myself at the Redpath Museum in Montreal’s McGill University.

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