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Fossil record

A term used by paleontologists (see paleontology) to refer to the total number of fossils that have been discovered, as well as to the information derived from them. (See evolution of Earth.)


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    [fos-er] /ˈfɒs ər/ noun 1. (in the early Christian church) a minor clergyman employed as a gravedigger.

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    [fo-sawr-ee-uh l, -sohr-] /fɒˈsɔr i əl, -ˈsoʊr-/ adjective, Zoology. 1. digging or burrowing. 2. adapted for digging, as the hands, feet, and bone structure of moles, armadillos, and aardvarks. /fɒˈsɔːrɪəl/ adjective 1. (of the forelimbs and skeleton of burrowing animals) adapted for digging 2. (of burrowing animals, such as the mole and armadillo) having limbs […]

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