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The Fossil Gallery

The Fossils Galley Index Go Down Go Back
What the Fossil record Really Proves.
The Ancients
The Fossils
Keichousaurus Hui
(m1c-Keichousaurus Hue) Photo credit: National Park Service
The Fossils, although not ancient peoples, are definitely of the ancients. Interestingly, many of the fossils beds are associated with the remains of ancient people. Therefore, because of the association of proximity in time and place, I find this ancients gallery to be a perfect gallery to include the fossils.
Too, what can a person learn from a study of the fossil record. Does it agree with the theory of evolution? Or, does it in fact, prove the creation by God.
What is a Fossil?
The word fossils is from Latin fossilis which means obtained by digging. Fossils are the preserved trace remains of animals, plants and other organisms from the remote past. The totality of fossils, both discovered and undiscovered and their placement in fossil-containing rock formations (fossiliferous) and sedimentary layers (strata) is known as the fossil record.
A fossil bed is a common term for a layer of identifiable fossiliferous material preserved in sedimentary rocks, buried by deposits and revealed only when denuded by wind, rain, or excavation.
The study of the fossil record is called Paleontology and this study lies on the border between biology and geology, but because it excludes the study of humans, departs from archaeology.
The Fossils
How are Fossils made?
The process of fossilization that occurs when an organism is buried is called permineralization. The empty spaces within an organism that are normally filled with liquid or gas while living become filled with mineral-rich groundwater. The groundwater then separates from the minerals, usually by evaporation allowing the minerals to completely fill these spaces. This process can occur in very small spaces, such as within the cell wall of a plant cell. The smaller the scale of the permineralization, the more detailed the fossils become.
For this process to occur, the organism must become covered by sediment soon after death or soon after the initial decay process. The degree to which the remains are decayed when covered determines the later details of the fossil. Some fossils consist only of skeletal remains or teeth while other fossils contain traces of skin, feathers or even soft tissues.
This is a form of diagenesis which is the sum of the physical, chemical, and biological changes that take place in sediments as they become consolidated into rocks, including compaction and cementation, but excluding weathering.

The Actual Fossil Record Go Down Go Up
What is the Actual Fossil Record?
Although many in the past have claimed to find the missing link to the connection of Man to lower species, you might be surprised at what the truth is.
For a short list of those so called missing link finds, please click on the blue Actual Fossil Record link above.

The Agate Fossil Beds, A Future Gallery Go Down Go Up
The Agate Fossil Beds are located along the banks of the Niobrara River in Nebraska. This fossil bed provides an important source for very old mammal fossils.

The Ash Fall Fossil Beds, A Future Gallery Go Down Go Up
The Ashfall Fossil Beds is located in northeastern Nebraska. This fossil bed holds not just remnants but articulated remains with bones still joined together in their proper order; a product of the animals having been quickly buried in volcanic ash.

The Dinosaur Fossil, A Future Gallery Go Down Go Up
Dinosaur fossil beds is a U.S. National Monument located on the southeast flank of the Uinta Mountains on the border between Colorado and Utah at the confluence of the Green and Yampa Rivers.
The "Wall of Bones" located within the Dinosaur Quarry building in the park consists of a steeply tilted rock layer with hundreds of dinosaur fossils, which has been chipped away to reveal the fossil bones intact for public viewing.

The Florissant Fossils Beds, A Future Gallery Go Down Go Up
The Florissant Fossil Beds is located just west of Pikes Peak in Colorado. Here, 35 million years ago, when this continent had an inland see, an enormous volcanic eruption buried the coastal area where huge redwood trees were growing.
This fossil bed, amount numerous other fossils, has numerous petrified redwood tree stumps.

The Fossil Butte Beds, A Future Gallery Go Down Go Up
Fossil Butte Fossil Beds is a U. S. National Monument located 15 miles (24 km) west of Kemmerer, Wyoming.
It centers on an extraordinary assemblage of Eocene Epoch (56 to 34 million YA) animal and plant fossils associated with Fossil Lake, the smallest of the three great lakes present at that time in what are now Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado.
The Fossils discovered include: fish, alligators, bats, turtles, dog-sized horses, insects, and many other animal and plants species. These fossils suggest that the region was a low, subtropical, freshwater basin when the sediments accumulated.

The Hagerman Fossil Beds, A Future Gallery Go Down Go Up
Hagerman Fossil Beds is a U. S. National Monument located near Hagerman, Idaho and is internationally significant because it protects the world′s richest known fossil deposits from the late Pliocene epoch, 3.5 million YA.
Hagerman Fossil Beds contains the largest concentration of Hagerman horse fossils in North America.

The John Day Fossils Beds Gallery Go Down Go Up
The John Day Fossil Beds is located in the beautiful and scenic John Day River basin of Oregon. This fossil bed is noted for the discovery there of the small three-toed horse named Miohippus

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