What is the study of fossils called?

Paleontology is the study of the history of life on Earth as based on fossils. Fossils are the remains of plants, animals, fungi, bacteria, and single-celled living things that have been replaced by rock material, Any living thing animal, plant, bacterium or fungus has the potential to become a fossil. This use of fossils to help understand the age of rocks is called biostratigraphy .

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