How To Become a Fossil, A TED-Ed Animated Lecture

Paleontologist Phoebe A. Cohen explains the steps necessary to be preserved as a fossil in this TED-Ed animated lecture. The lecture is animated by Anton Bogaty and narrated by Joshua Holden.

You can aspire to great things in life, but how about in death? Could you be one of the world’s greatest fossils many years from now? To ensure being found by a future paleontologist, you’ll need to die in a highly specific way (think within tree sap or on the bottom of the ocean floor), and nature takes care of the rest.

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