Fossils (frae Clessical Laitin fossilis; leeterally, "obtained bi diggin")[1] are the preserved remains or traces o ainimals, plants, an ither organisms frae the remote past. The totality o fossils, baith discovered an undiscovered, an thair placement in fossiliferous (fossil-containin) rock formations an sedimentary layers (strata) is kent as the fossil record.


  1. Oxford English Dictionary. Oxford University Press.