Meaning of fossilization in English:


(British fossilisation)

Pronunciation /fɒsəlʌɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/ /fɒsɪlʌɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/


See fossilize

‘That has led many to posit that the ‘cambrian explosion’ is more likely an artifact of the differential fossilization of animals with hard parts, particularly exo-skeletons, than of a real explosion.’
  • ‘So it is simply false, given what we know about the process of fossilization, to declare that we should have a perfect record of every species and therefore should have a perfect sequence of fossils documenting every transition.’
  • ‘It was not developed to ‘get around the data’, it was developed to apply what we knew about genetics to what we should then expect in terms of fossilization.’
  • ‘But then we weren't seriously hunting for fossils, a worthwhile pursuit if you are not already well advanced into fossilization yourself, as it were.’
  • ‘The party Polaroid is not so much an evocation of a past event as it is an instant fossilization of the present.’