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Can hippopotamus fossils be found all along the Nile?

The image below shows their historical range (red) and current range (green) of hippopotamuses: Image source: Six Surprising Facts About Hippos, 2014 Hence my question... Question: Can hippopotamus ...
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Total Number of Fossils Found [closed]

What is the total number of fossils found? Out of these, how many have been found deep within a stratum in controlled excavation? In other words, I need to know the total number of fossils except for ...
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How many human fossils will humans leave if they become extinct right now? [closed]

In Chapter 21 of Bill Brison's "A short history of nearly everything", it is stated that Only about one bone in a billion, it is thought, ever becomes fossilized. If that is so, it ...
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How long could a steel artifact last?

Would man made steel artifacts be able to be preserved like fossils for millions of years, or would corrosion make it dissipate? What about metals such as aluminum that dont corrode as easily?
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What is this (possible) fossil from the triassic/jurassic boundary?

My son recently found this: while walking at Waterloo Bay in Northern Ireland. It looks (to my untrained eye) like it could be a plant fossil. Is this correct? If so, is it possible to tell anything ...
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Curious natural patterns on the surface of basalt blocks that make up the sidewalk

During one of my walks through the city streets, I noticed that some basalt blocks that make up the sidewalk have in their surface some very curious natural patterns: The photos above was taken at ...
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Is there any significance of lacustrine gastropoda fossils regarding paleoenviroment interpretation?

How to interpret lots of gastropoda fossils seen in lacustrine marls? Do they indicate any paleoenvironment conditions? Depth, temperature, chemistry, ph?
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Fossil in Chert pebble picked up on a Kent beach

Please identify the fossil in the picture below. size of pebble is around 40mm diameter and the pebble had been broken to reveal the internal structure.
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How Good is The Evidence For Snowball Earth?

Some geologists say there were times between 770 million years BP and 630 million years BP when ice ages were so profound that the Arctic and Antarctic ice caps met at the equator. This is called the ...
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Can you please help me to identify this thing I found inside a rock in the Almanzora riverbed Spain [closed]

Can someone please help me identify this thing I found inside a rock in the Almanzora riverbed Spain
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What exactly is ammonite?

I miss the definition of ammonite. In my opinion, many authors confuse the term "Ammonite" and "Ammonoid". Ammonoids (Ammonoidea) are large group of cephalopods including for example goniatites (...
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Can someone please help me identify what this is… stromatolite…coral…or neither…help [closed]

Hi I'm trying find out what kind of rock this is.... I have a chunk the size of akeg of beer looks like muddy coral on the bottom and coral like inside and agatized sponge or coral or something else ...
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Donation Options for Fossil and Mineral Collection

The father of a friend of mine passed away recently. He left behind an extensive collection of fossils and minerals. They include a saber tooth tiger skull, mastodon tooth, shark teeth, tons of ...
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I need help with these geode like rocks [closed]

I found these rocks in my pasture and was excited because I thought I had found some geodes. The rocks were in a sandy bank and looked like eggs sticking out of the bank. I am located in Ness County ...
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What is this stratefied limestone sphere?

What is this stone from the alps of provence? It's two spheres, one of them is made of at least 25 layers.
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Geological feature - what is it?

Hello, We were walking in Bundoran in Donegal County, Ireland today and we encountered the geological feature shown in the picture (from above from cliffs and from very close up at beach level). We ...
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Fossil from North Norfolk coast, UK

This palm-sized rock is from the beach at Eccles-on-Sea (North Sea coastline). I can see four types of material: A brown, slightly translucent, 6cm tubular fossil(?) that I can mark with a steel ...
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What is this strange fossil I found?

I found this weird fossil rock and I am wondering if anybody could help identify what could have made the imprint in it or what kind of rock it is?
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Can anyone tell me what this 'rock' is? [closed]

I found this in Topanga Canyon, California (LOS ANGELES). It can be scratched with a penny, but not my fingernail: hardness is about a 2.75 I guess. The size of a baseball. I found this on the edge ...
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What is the oldest fossil on Earth?

What is the oldest fossil ever found on Earth? Where and when was it found? What was the oldest fossil with a brain with 2 hemispheres ever found?
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How quickly can coral fossilize?

On a trip to Honduras a few years ago I visited one of the islands off its north coast with a friend and went to a section of it mostly with nothing but residences which looked far less visited by ...
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Rock / Fossil ID? [closed]

Please see link below if anyone can help ID. I think the little claw looking thing is a fossil? The red rock is smooth,Matt in some places and semi glossy on some of the sides. The black rock has ...
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What kind of tooth is this?

Please help me identify this tooth and the era its from. I found it in Panama City Beach Florida. Its cold and hard when i bite it. It looks very old. Possibly a shark tooth?
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Why don't animals rot when trapped in amber? [closed]

I just saw an image of a gecko stuck in amber 58 million years ago. Why don't animals rot when they are trapped in amber? I've seen dry insects whose chitin shells persist for a long time away from ...
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ID on a potential flint fossil

I was out in Swinley Forest in Bracknell(United Kingdom) last weekend. The area is a large pine forest but the ground is full of flint and is very sandy. I stumbled across a piece of flint and ...
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Why the $\delta \, ^{18}\text{O}$ in foraminifera shells decrease with temperature even if the oceanic $\delta \, ^{18}\text{O}$ stay constant?

I understand why foram shells contain more $^{18}\text{O}$ when there are ice sheets present, since $^{16}\text{O}$ evaporates more readily and gets trapped in the ice, increasing the relative ...
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What type of mammal does this fossil tooth belong to?

The fossil tooth was found western South Dakota in the early 1980s. I can't be sure on the location. It might have been collected from Belle Reservoir, near Belle Fourche, Butte County, South Dakota, ...
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Why are many fossils found in deserts?

Why are deserts famous for fossils? Is it a coincidence? Some examples: Giant Catfish Fossil Found in Egyptian Desert Chile's stunning fossil whale graveyard explained Giant Dinosaur Fossil Found ...
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What are Ordovican trace fossils, and what do they look like?

There are some unusual structures in recent images from the Mars Curiosity Rover's MAHLI (Mars Hand Lens Imager) shown in the Space.com article Curiosity Rover Spots Weird Tube-Like Structures on Mars....
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Why does mineral oil occur below natural gas?

Why does mineral oil occur below natural gas? It was asked in our science book in the Geology section and I didn't get a clear explanation from the teacher.
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What is Oligo-Miocene radiation?

Some studies about Earth's fosilized plants/animals mention a "Oligo-Miocene radiation". Examples: Our study therefore strengthens previous suggestions that the absence of very large penguins ...
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What type of fossil is this found at northern Ohio?

I need some help identifying this fossil. I found the rock 30 years ago along the Cuyahoga River in northern Ohio. Northern Ohio is glaciated so it is possible that the specimen was transported to ...
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Is this a fossil or a mark on the stone

Found this rock during a walk along the coast and I can't tell weather the white line is a fossil or just a mark on the rock. Any help in identifing weather this is a fossil or not would be ...
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Who can it belong to? fossil tooth

**Tooth was found in Baltic Sea, near Lithuanian coast, **
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Is this a fossil we found in a store? [closed]

We found this rock at a mineral and jewelry store. The gal wrote down what it was and we cannot find what we think she wrote on the internet anywhere. She wrote Mcstrodlite.
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Are fossils in slate 3 dimensional or does the slate split open at the weakest point where the flat imprint of the fossil is found?

In this picture you see a fossil of an Ammonite. When you break a slate with a hammer it will fall apart so sometimes you can find a fossil. But is this fossil only there in the slate just at the ...
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What are some regions where land-living island animals have left fossil records within the sea, of the coast of the island?

What are some examples of fossil sites where land-living fossils end up in the sea, off the coast-line of an island?
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Aligator or Dinosaur Fossil skin type rock

The more I looked at this stone and touched it, the more this thing looked like it was wrapped in some kind of reptile skin. It may just be a random rock. More photos if needed. Does this look like ...
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What is this? Found near a lake in Texas. Broken open it's smooth and shiny [closed]

Looks like stacked checkers with ridges.
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“Impression and pseudomorphism” in fossils

In a book on invertebrate paleontology I have (Treatise on Invertebrate Palaeontology, A) there is a diagram showing possible fates of a shell after the death of the organism. One of the possible ...
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What are these lines on this stone?

I found this on Lake Ontario in Canada. I was wondering is there is anything special/out of the ordinary about it?
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A sedimentary rock with only minerals

In my text book I came across this multiple-choice question A sedimentary rock consists of only minerals and lacks fossils, it could be classified as: i) a clastic sedimentary rock ii) a ...
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Fossil or Pseudofossil?

I found these rocks in the Oregon Coast Range many years ago and have always wondered whether the interesting image was a pseudofossil or an actual fossil. If it's a pseudofossil, any ideas on how it ...
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What are the circular features in this rock? [closed]

I found this rock by the shore of Lake Ontario. It's light weight and it was grouped with some other rocks with the same patterns.
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Circular patterns at bottom of rock, is it a fossil?

The image below was taken on a hike. Circular patterns at bottom (it is flatter on this face and round otherwise) appear either man-made or possibly it is a fossil. Any idea what this could be?
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I have found this fossil tooth, could it be pliosaur ? Or maybe theropod?

Lenght: 10 mm, striated, circular cross-section Site: Brno-Hády (limestone quarry), Moravia, Czech republic, central Europa Age: Jurassic, oxford The site is a good source of fossil shark teeth, ...
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Can anyone identify this stone? [closed]

I found this rock at the weekend in the forest of Haigh Hall, Standish. It seems to be a solid mass of fibrous material. I have given it a scrub with warm water and a toothbrush just to get rid of ...
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How old are Pecten fossils in general?

Many years ago, I found a piece of rock on a lakeside in Switzerland (see picture below). I think that it could be a "fossil" from some Pecten species (do you agree?). My question is: how old such ...
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Why cannot people burn all the atmospheric oxygen? [closed]

We are told that photosynthesis, developed a couple of billion years ago has produced all the atmospheric oxygen. I wonder, why did the process stop? Why do modern plants prefer to recover the entropy ...
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How to identify a predator's coprolite from an herbivore's?

I have a coprolite that is 8" by 5" and weighs 8 lbs. The shape is similar to a lumpy brain, the colors below outer crust are deep red and the crust is pastel green and grey. It has a strong density ...