View definitions for fossilize


verb as in ossify

verb as in petrify

verb as in shrivel

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Their extremely small size and lack of hard tissues mean they don’t fossilize easily—and when they do, they are very difficult to spot.

Dung often contains the raw materials and bacteria needed for it to fossilize, says Karen Chin.

Lab tests have shown that buried animal remains can fossilize in just weeks.

Sort of like tree sap mixed with asphalt, the substance solidifies and fossilizes everything it touches.

They couldn’t fossilize microbes on Mars for 4 billion years and see if they matched Allan Hills 84001.

It took twenty million years to make the fish and to fossilize him so we'd have the evidence later.

When you stiffen up a way of life and try to fossilize it so it'll stay that way forever, then you find you've lost it.

In these fringing woods are some curious dripping crags which fossilize every article submitted to their influence.

Cartilaginous jaws would not fossilize, and the Ostracoderms may have possessed them.

And he was able to guess, although he could not move his limbs to test it, that he was in the form in which he was to fossilize.


On this page you'll find 201 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to fossilize, such as: amalgamate, anneal, bake, brace, buttress, and cake.

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