| Are their any fossils that haven't been found yet?|
|Question Date: 2013-05-11|
Yes, there are many, many unique organisms that
lived, that are preserved but that geologists have
simply not found.
Discoveries are made EVERYDAY of new fossil
forms as well as nicely preserved versions of
fossils we already have, but are of limited use
because of poor preservation.
Her is an interesting link that you will love
There are more fossils that haven’t been found
than have been found. There are lots of rocks
under the surface of the Earth that will at some
time be brought to the surface and expose new
Yes, lots - paleontologists are continually
finding fossils of animals, plants, and sometimes
microbes that nobody has ever known about before.
Absolutely! Not only are there plenty of
fossils yet to be found (way more than have
already been found, in fact), many fossils
representing new species have yet to be found as
well. A good analogy would be gold or oil; a lot
of both of these substances is still in the ground
waiting to be discovered.
With almost absolute certainty!
In science it's impossible to prove something
absolutely. In this case, the only way to prove
there are no more fossils is to excavate every
square inch of dirt, and then you'd have to make
sure you didn't destroy any of the fossils. Also,
even bacteria (which are often too small to see
with the human eye) can be fossilized, so they
would be easy to miss! So, although it's
impossible to prove that there are more fossils
that haven't been found, it is extremely unlikely
that we have found them all. As time goes on, we
find new fossils, and this is evidence that we
Click Here to return to the search form.
Copyright © 2017 The Regents of the University of California,
All Rights Reserved.