microfossil


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mi·cro·fos·sil

 (mī′krō-fŏs′əl)
n.
A fossil, as of a pollen grain or unicellular organism, that is too small to study with the naked eye.

microfossil

(ˈmaɪkrəʊˌfɒsəl)
n
(Palaeontology) a fossil generally less than 0.5 millimetre in size, such as a protozoan, bacterium, or pollen grain

mi•cro•fos•sil

(ˌmaɪ kroʊˈfɒs ɪl)

n.
a fossil so small that it can be studied and identified only with a microscope.
[1920–25]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.microfossil - a fossil that must be studied microscopicallymicrofossil - a fossil that must be studied microscopically
fossil - the remains (or an impression) of a plant or animal that existed in a past geological age and that has been excavated from the soil
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This peculiar microfossil was originally described and known earlier from the Ludlow of the Prague Basin, Czech Republic (Pokorny 1978a).
Based on our microfossil data, the sample from Moose Island, northern Maine, from the basal Eastport Formation is of late Silurian age.
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Lithological changes coupled with microfossil evidence reveal a complex depositional history that shaped the Beaver Pond site.
The quartz also contained microfossil imprints of what appear to be cells.
Examination of the microfossil assemblage was unable to define the age of the limestone beneath the massive gypsum bed on Jazirat but the general appearance and non-dolomitic mineralogy persuades the present authors that this sub-gypsum layer is Pleistocene.
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