fossilize


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convert to a fossil

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become mentally inflexible

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A buried bone takes millions of years to fossilize (turn into rock).
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.
For an animal or plant to fossilize it must die and be quickly buried--before scavengers can eat it or bacteria decomposes the remains.
Chiappe speculates that overflowing streams flooded the dino nesting site and buried the eggs under layers of mud, which helped preserve and fossilize the eggs.
As magma rises through the Earth's crust, through cracks or volcanoes, it melts and destroys any remains of organisms before they can fossilize.