fossilize


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Related to fossilize: fossilisation
  • verb

Synonyms for fossilize

convert to a fossil

Synonyms

become mentally inflexible

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For those wishing to fossilize their pets, O'Hare explains where to bury them.
Bones and shells fossilize more readily than an organism's soft parts do, but even delicate tissues such as the multicellular embryos in eggs laid by marine organisms can be preserved under the right environmental conditions (SN: 1/28/06, p.
As magma rises through the Earth's crust, through cracks or volcanoes, it melts and destroys any remains of organisms before they can fossilize.
These extremely fragile bones tend to break down before they fossilize.
For an animal or plant to fossilize it must die and be quickly buried--before scavengers can eat it or bacteria decomposes the remains.