Having already described him in most of his present habitatory and anatomical peculiarities, it now remains to magnify him in an archaeological, fossiliferous, and antediluvian point of view.
But not alone has this Leviathan left his pre-adamite traces in the stereotype plates of nature, and in limestone and marl bequeathed his ancient bust; but upon Egyptian tablets, whose antiquity seems to claim for them an almost fossiliferous character, we find the unmistakable print of his fin.
It will be much more convenient to discuss this question in the chapter on the Imperfection of the geological record; and I will here only state that I believe the answer mainly lies in the record being incomparably less perfect than is generally supposed; the imperfection of the record being chiefly due to organic beings not inhabiting profound depths of the sea, and to their remains being embedded and preserved to a future age only in masses of sediment sufficiently thick and extensive to withstand an enormous amount of future degradation; and such fossiliferous masses can be accumulated only where much sediment is deposited on the shallow bed of the sea, whilst it slowly subsides.
In this great class we should probably have to descend far beneath the lowest known fossiliferous stratum to discover the earlier stages, by which the eye has been perfected.
Vast, and scarcely comprehensible as such changes must ever appear, yet they have all occurred within a period, recent when compared with the history of the Cordillera; and the Cordillera itself is absolutely modern as compared with many of the fossiliferous
strata of Europe and America.
The cranium was found in 2016 in a new fossiliferous
area, which had not been studied before.
French burrstones are made of silicified fossiliferous
lime-stone where the calcareous cement of the limestone has been replaced by silica cement and the fossil shells have dissolved.
The Caradocian (Ordovician)-Wenlock (Silurian) Takche Formation of the Spiti region, northwestern Himalaya, is a highly fossiliferous
litho-unit which has yielded bryozoans, coral reefs, conodonts, algae, ostracods and trilobites (Hayden 1904; Reed 1912; Bhargava & Bassi 1986, 1998; Suttner 2003, 2007).
72Adeg 40' E) is such a fossiliferous
site located about 3.5 km south east of the Chinji village, district Chakwal, Punjab, Pakistan (Fig.
This microfacies dominantly consist of fossiliferous
micritic mud (Fig.
To use fossiliferous
limestone (CaCO3) or limestone/dolomite-based fossil as a tool to observe exothermic reactions.