Definition of fossil record in English:

fossil record


  • The record of the occurrence and evolution of living organisms through geological time as inferred from fossils.

    • ‘The fossil record of emballonurids extends to the late Eocene or early Oligocene.’
    • ‘Bryozoa is the only major phylum that does not have a fossil record in the Cambrian.’
    • ‘Thus their first occurrence in the fossil record is a metric of particular interest.’
    • ‘All crustaceans first appear in the fossil record in the Paleozoic Era.’
    • ‘They are absent in the fossil record between the Early Carboniferous and the Late Permian.’
    • ‘Charophytes are prone to calcification and have left an abundant fossil record up to the Cretaceous, and perhaps beyond.’
    • ‘The Entoprocta is also a small phylum and the oldest fossil record is from the Upper Jurassic.’
    • ‘This bed is highly important because it records the first appearance of organisms with hard parts in the fossil record.’
    • ‘This type of organism is very rarely preserved in the fossil record.’
    • ‘The most direct account of our past is inferred from the fossil record.’
    • ‘Some paleontologists do study the fossil record of humans and their relatives.’
    • ‘It is commonly believed that the fossil record provides the most direct evidence for evolution.’
    • ‘Records of interspecies interaction have seldom been preserved in the fossil record.’
    • ‘Moreover, for this phase of metazoan evolution, the fossil record is extremely poor.’
    • ‘The early history of pterosaurs is not yet fully understood because of their poor fossil record in the Triassic period.’
    • ‘Charred peat surfaces have been reported in the fossil record but are absent in the K-T peat sequences.’
    • ‘Actually the real reason there are gaps in the fossil record is because of geological changes over time.’
    • ‘All of this splitting is to make the human fossil record conform to the fossil record of other groups.’
    • ‘Their handiwork expands debate over how to identify hominid species in the fossil record.’
    • ‘The largest gap in the fossil record is thought to be the evolution from prokaryote to eukaryote cells.’