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"fossil record" in British English

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fossil recordnoun [C or S]

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the fossils in a ​particulargroup of ​rocks that give ​information about how and when those ​rocksformed, or the set of all ​fossils together that can be used to ​tell the ​history of the ​earth
(Definition of fossil record from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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fossil recordnoun [C/U]

 /ˈfɑs·əl ˌrek·ərd/
earth science the ​fossils in a ​particulargroup of ​rocks that give ​information about how and when those ​rocksformed earth science The ​fossilrecord is also the set of all ​fossils together that can be used to ​tell the ​history of the ​earth.
(Definition of fossil record from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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