Experiment: How Fast Do Fossils Form?

on July 5, 2013

Do fossils require millions of years to form?

Everyone knows that the fossils we find all over the world took millions of years to form—scientists proved that years ago, right?

Actually, even secular geologists recognize that fossils form rapidly. If they didn’t, the organism would decay so quickly there would be almost nothing left to fossilize!

Scientists constantly test ways to understand and replicate the process of forming fossils. Taphonomists (those who study how to make fossils) have demonstrated the astonishing speed of fossilization. Some fossils can be generated in days, or even hours!

—Excerpt from Experiment: Fast-Formed Fossils, Answers magazine, Vol. 6, No. 4

Would you like to make your own fossils? It won't take millions of years! Learn how quickly fossils can be formed by reading Experiment: Fast-Formed Fossils. You should ask an adult for helping before beginning this fun experiment.

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