These plains, however, had not always been equally destitute of wood, as was evident from the trunks of the trees which the travellers repeatedly met with, some still standing, others lying about in broken fragments, but all in a fossil
state, having flourished in times long past.
It reminded me of a sepia painting I had once seen done from the ink of a fossil
Belemnite that must have perished and become fossilized millions of years ago.
It would do you good to walk there and back two or three times a day; besides, are you such a fossil that you never wish to see a flower or a green leaf?"
I say, that when a man endures patiently what ought to be unendurable, he is a fossil."
Hence we ought not to expect at the present time to meet with numerous transitional varieties in each region, though they must have existed there, and may be embedded there in a fossil condition.
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.
That's why, for a fossil
hunter looking for prehistoric dinosaur remains, no place beats Liaoning.
"There probably has never been a fossil
with a sadder history than this one," says Storrs L.
Though only one in a organisms ends up a fossil, remains are scientists' best guide to Earth's past.
Here's a scenario in which a rare specimen becomes a fossil: 1.
More than 65 million years later, a fossil dealer named Peter Larson and his team discovered the skeleton on a ranch near Faith, S.D., in August 1990.
The North Carolina museum viewed Sue as a potential star for a building, currently under construction, that will feature a fossil exhibit hall.