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Fossilized Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    fossilized adj : set in a rigidly conventional pattern of behavior, habits, or beliefs; "obsolete fossilized ways"; "an ossified bureaucratic system" [syn: fossilised, ossified]
Fossilized Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Fossilize \Fos"sil*ize\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fossilized; p. pr. & vb. n. Fossilizing.] [Cf. F. fossiliser.]
  1. To convert into a fossil; to petrify; as, to fossilize bones or wood.
  2. 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. --Mrs. Browning.
Fossilized Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Fossilized \Fos"sil*ized\, a. Converted into a fossil; antiquated; firmly fixed in views or opinions. A fossilized sample of confused provincialism. --Earle.
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Fossils (from Latin fossus, literally "having been dug up") are the preserved remains or traces of animals (also known as zoolites), plants, and other organisms from the remote past. The totality of fossils, both discovered and undiscovered, and their placement in fossiliferous (fossil-containing) rock formations and sedimentary layers (strata) is known as the fossil record. The study of fossils across geological time, how they were formed, and the evolutionary relationships between taxa (phylogeny) are some of the most important functions of the science of paleontology. Such a preserved specimen is called a "fossil" if it is older than some minimum age, most often the arbitrary date of 10,000 years ago.

Hence, fossils range in age from the youngest at the start of the Holocene Epoch to the oldest from the Archean Eon several billion years old. The observations that certain fossils were associated with certain rock strata led early geologists to recognize a geological timescale in the 19th century. The development of radiometric dating techniques in the early 20th century allowed geologists to determine the numerical or "absolute" age of the various strata and thereby the included fossils.

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