• American Museum Expedition on the Red Deer River. Fossils secured along the banks were packed and loaded aboard the large scow and floated down the river to the railway station
    American Museum Expedition on the Red Deer River. Fossils secured along the banks were packed and loaded aboard the large scow and floated down the river to the railway station
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v fossilize become mentally inflexible
    • v fossilize convert to a fossil "The little animals fossilized and are now embedded in the limestone"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A rose imprint that was fossilized in a slate was discovered in Florisant, Colorado, which is said to be thirty-five million years old
    • Fossilize To become antiquated, rigid, or fixed, beyond the influence of change or progress.
    • Fossilize To become fossil.
    • Fossilize To cause to become antiquated, rigid, or fixed, as by fossilization; to mummify; to deaden. "Ten layers of birthdays on a woman's head
      Are apt to fossilize her girlish mirth."
    • Fossilize To convert into a fossil; to petrify; as, to fossilize bones or wood.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The largest spider ever was the Megarachne which had a diameter of 50 cm. The fossil was found in Argentina
    • fossilize To reduce to a fossil condition; convert into a fossil: as, to fossilize bones or wood.
    • fossilize To render like a fossil; cause to become antiquated or out of harmony with present time and circumstances and the progress of ideas: as, age has a tendency to fossilize men's minds and ideas.
    • fossilize To become or be changed into a fossil.
    • fossilize To become antiquated or obsolete; become out of harmony with the present time and circumstances by falling behind the progress of ideas.
    • fossilize Also spelled fossilise.
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  • George Santayana
    “Oaths are the fossils of piety.”
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
    “The older author is constantly rediscovering himself in the more or less fossilized productions of his earlier years.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. fossiliser,


In literature:

Fossil elk of Ireland, 494.
"Notes & Queries, Volume 2, May-December, 1850, Index" by Various
With the progress of the ages, it is true, such rites become merely formal and apparently meaningless fossils.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 6 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
Coprolites, the supposed fossilized remains of animals, which would probably contain about 40 to 50 per cent.
"Gold, Sport, And Coffee Planting In Mysore" by Robert H. Elliot
There is a laboratory of fossil botany, with a corps of paleobotanists, Mr. Lester F. Ward being in charge.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 484, April 11, 1885" by Various
Different forms of coral abounded, and other fossils were plenty.
"Brave Men and Women" by O.E. Fuller
It differs from the fossil shells and alluvial pebbles she is used to find, and she is curious about it.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. XII. No. 31. October, 1873." by Various
We've queered this antiquated old fossil forever.
"Nedra" by George Barr McCutcheon
Group of characteristic Cambrian fossils.
"The Ancient Life History of the Earth" by Henry Alleyne Nicholson
The Transvaal is only a Republic in the same sense that a nutshell is a nut, or a fossil oyster shell is an oyster.
"Native Races and the War" by Josephine Elizabeth Butler
An academy of fossilized old doctors of laws?
"Queed" by Henry Sydnor Harrison

In poetry:

We set our course towards the east
And climbed into the day
Till the ribbed jungle underneath
Like a giant fossil lay.
"Men In Green" by David Campbell
A fossil skeleton, delicate and rare,
A bird (held fast in rock for ages long)
Freed by the quarrymen. I heard the air
Eons ago thrill to its morning song!
"To A Realist" by Maurice Thompson
It may be that it does not move,
Or moves but for some other reason;
Then let it be your boast to prove
(Though some may think it out of season,
And worthy of a fossil Druid),
That there is no Electric Fluid.
"Answer To Tait" by James Clerk Maxwell
Now nothing could be finer or more beautiful to see
Than the first six months' proceedings of that same Society,
Till Brown of Calaveras brought a lot of fossil bones
That he found within a tunnel near the tenement of Jones.
"The Society Upon The Stanislaus" by Francis Bret Harte
Scant were the gleanings in those years of dearth;
No Cuvier yet had clothed the fossil bones
That slumbered, waiting for their second birth;
No Lyell read the legend of the stones;
Science still pointed to her empty thrones.
"American Academy Centennial Celebration" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
For, in less time than I write it, every member did engage
In a warfare with the remnants of a palaeozoic age;
And the way they heaved those fossils in their anger was a sin,
Till the skull of an old mammoth caved the head of Thompson in.
"The Society Upon The Stanislaus" by Francis Bret Harte

In news:

Cut the power of fossil fuel .
A new bill introduced yesterday could put a near end to fossil fuel subsidies.
Hawaiian Electric to Use Demand Response to Integrate Renewables and Reduce Fossil-Fuel Dependence.
America's Fossil Fuel Fever The Nation.
Obama Budget Would Cut $40 Billion in Fossil-Fuel Credits.
Fossil Fuel Committee Revises Functional Requirements.
ANSI/ISA-77.20.01-2012 Fossil Fuel Power Plant Simulators.
The purpose of this standard is to establish the functional requirements for several types of plant-specific, fossil fuel power plant control room simulators.
With Vaxjo's efforts to become fossil fuel free, it's taking its global responsibility in term...
Fossil fuel firms get audience with lawmakers, others.
Glimpses of life after fossil fuel .
Fossil-Fuel Subsidies May Rise to $660 Billion, IEA Says.
Fossil-fuel subsidies may rise to $660 billion in 2020 from $409 billion in 2010, according to the International Energy Agency.
Do you believe wind power can become a viable alternative to fossil fuel .
How big will the American West's current fossil-fuel boom become, and how long will it last.

In science:

In the following we describe some of the patterns seen in the fossil data and some of the models which have been proposed to explain them.
Simple models of evolution and extinction
The reason for this grouping is that there are not enough fossils of most individual species to make meaningful estimates of when they first appeared and when they became extinct.
Simple models of evolution and extinction
By grouping them into genera and families we increase the number of fossils per group and thereby the accuracy of origination and extinction dates.
Simple models of evolution and extinction
Almost all the available fossil data come from the Phanerozoic eon, the last 540 million years, during which multicellular life has dominated the planet.
Simple models of evolution and extinction
Inset: histogram of the lifetimes of genera in the fossil record.
Simple models of evolution and extinction