Petrifactions and Their Teachings: Or, a Hand-Book to the Gallery of Organic Remains of the British Museum (Classic Reprint)

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FB&C Limited, Sep 9, 2017 - History - 516 pages
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And here we must premise that the state of preservation of an organic body, and the chemical changes which it may have undergone in the mineral kingdom, have no necessary relation to its antiquity for in comparatively modern deposits fossil remains of animals and plants often have acquired a stony hardness, while in rocks of the most ancient epochs they are sometimes as little changed as if they had been entombed in the strata but a few centuries.

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