Visual Encyclopedia

Fossil

Fossils (from Classical Latin fossilis; literally, "obtained by digging") are the preserved remains or traces of animals, plants, and other organisms from the remote past. The totality of fossils, both discovered and undiscovered, and their placement in fossiliferous (fossil-containing) rock formations and sedimentary layers (strata) is known as the fossil record.

The description above is licensed from Wikipedia under the Creative Commons license.

Add an image or video to this topic

No signin required

or

Processing...

Cancel

Best posts about this topic

Loading . . .

Ad

Fossils Rewrite Evolutionary History on Earth

Species thought to have died out 20 million years earlier in the Cambrian era are next to others not believed to have evolved by the time the deposits had been laid down. A 477 million year old formation known as the Lower Ordovician Fezouata demonstrates that hundreds of multi-cellular lifeforms from that time survived longer than previously thought. "The formation demonstrates how important exceptionally preserved fossils are to our understanding of major evolutionary events in deep time" says author Peter Van Roy of Yale.

Contributed by Sam Feldstone

An amazingly preserved fossil of a protoceratops (part of the triceratops family) locked in battle with a velociraptor. It's the kind of daydream you'd have as a kid, after watching Jurassic Park. This fossil was discovered in the Gobi Desert in 1971. Photo credit: University of British Columbia

Contributed by Bridget LaMonica

What is Sussle?

Sussle is the first, open visual encyclopedia. Anyone can use it.

What's a visual encylopedia?

It has beautiful images and viral videos that are way more fun than reading all the text in traditional encyclopedias.

5 reasons you should add your own images and videos:

  1. If you found Sussle interesting, then give back by adding something interesting for others.
  2. Help others learn in a fun way.
  3. Make someone else interested in this topic laugh or say wow!
  4. Become internet-famous as people like and share your post.
  5. It's super easy, so it won't take more than a minute.

Ready to start?

Just click on the red module above.