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fossil recordnoun [ C or S ]

/ˌfɒs.əl ˈrek.ɔːd/ /ˌfɑː.səl ˈrek.ɚd/

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