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When does a bone end up being a fossil?


As natural product in a bone gets changed by minerals in time, it ends up being a fossil. That can occur at various rates even within the exact same private

By Michael Marshall

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A restoration of the skull of a Homo naledi kid

Brett Eloff Photography/Wits University

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The word “fossil” is one that I type out rather regularly. You’ll typically check out stories about brand-new hominin stays in which they are referred to as fossils. Hang on. Fossils take a long period of time to form, so how old does a human bone or tooth require to be before it counts as a fossil? Need to …

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