Archives for Fossils

Petrified wood – Ancient wood turned into stone

The forests of ancient times still exist today, in the form of petrified forests. These remnants of ancient forests today contain scattered broken trunks of petrified wood lying in the open, or half buried. Petrified wood is a very interesting form of fossil, believed to be millions of years old, and is most often composed of the minerals of agate and quartz, although occasionally, you encounter calcified or opalized petrified wood, which is mainly composed of calcite or opal, respectively. The hardness of petrified wood correspondingly tallies with that of agate or quartz – 7 on the Mohs scale, or
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Dinosaur bones are not ordinary bones

When was the last time you went to a museum and observed the dinosaur bones on display? Pretty awesome to think that these were once living creatures walking the face of the earth. Dinosaur bones and other fossils in general, are the last vestiges of life from that time, that still survive till this very day. But they are no longer bones per se. They are all basically, crystallized rock. How did these fossils come about? Dinosaur bones are ancient fossilized bones that turned into rock as a result of minerals seeping into the pores of the bones, replacing the
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