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550-million-year-old fossils provide new clues about fossil formation


December 17, 2014

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A new study from University of Missouri and Virginia Tech researchers is challenging accepted ideas about how ancient, soft-bodied organisms become part of the fossil record. Findings suggest that bacteria involved in the decay of those organisms play an active role in how fossils are formed--often in a matter of just a few tens to hundreds of years. Understanding the relationship between decay and fossilization will inform future study and help researchers interpret fossils in a new way.Full Story

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