Meaning of “fossil record” in the English Dictionary

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"fossil record" in British English

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fossil recordnoun [ C or S ]

/ˌfɒs.əl ˈrek.ɔːd/ /ˌfɑː.səl ˈrek.ɚd/

Examples from literature

  • Our only reason for supposing the evolution of life, made plain by fossil records, to have taken place very slowly is that geologists have stated that the deposition of the strata took place very slowly. 
  • This fossil record has given us our best knowledge of the course by which the present living world has been brought into its existing condition. 

(Definition of “fossil record” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"fossil record" in American English

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fossil recordnoun [ C/U ]

/ˈfɑs·əl ˌrek·ərd/

earth science the fossils in a particular group of rocks that give information about how and when those rocks formed

earth science The fossil record 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)