How Fossils Form

How Fossils Form

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  • First, the organism has to die.
  • The fish then sinks to the bottom of the sea.
  • Over millions of years, the fish gets buried quickly by heavy material. In this terrain, the organism would probably get buried by mud. 
  • Minerals then start to replace parts of the organism, changing the organism to stone. 
  • Over millions of years, the Earth's crust then moves the layer where the fossil is closer to the surface
  • The fossil is now at the top of the surface. Different things like wind, rain, or any type of strong force will push the top layers covering the fossil. 
  • The fossil which used to be a fish is then pushed into shore.
  • The fossil is finally exposed. Researchers or scientists find the organism, and then claim it as a fossil.
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