JAN 20, 2023 11:15 AM PST

Fossilization 101

Studying fossils is critical to understanding how life evolved on Earth. They can help us understand plants and animals that have been extinct for millions of years and our own human evolutionary ancestors. Over 40 million fossils have been collected worldwide by professionals and hobbyists, but this is estimated to be a record of less than 1% of all the animals that have ever lived on the Earth. With so much still to find, it's essential to understand the process of fossilization, what qualifies as a fossil, and how paleontologists, geologists, biologists, and more study them.

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About the Author
Master's (MA/MS/Other)
Laurence Tognetti is a six-year USAF Veteran who earned both a BSc and MSc from the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University. Laurence is extremely passionate about outer space and science communication, and is the author of "Outer Solar System Moons: Your Personal 3D Journey".
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