wild_things.jpgHow many times have my thoughts roamed back to that idea?  Was there an advanced anaerobic society that was wiped out by plankton’s oxygen pollution?  Science fiction spurs thought.

It isn’t easy to become a fossil

“It isn’t easy to become a fossil… Only about one bone in a billion, it is thought, becomes fossilized. If that is so, it means that the complete fossil legacy of all the Americans alive today – that’s 270 million people with 206 bones each – will only be about 50 bones, one-quarter of a complete skeleton. That’s not to say, of course, that any of these bones will ever actually be found. Bearing in mind that they can be buried anywhere within an area of slighly over 9.3 million square kilometres, little of which will ever be turned over, much less examined, it would be something of a miracle if they ever were”

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