- n the process of fossilizing a plant or animal that existed in some earlier age; the process of being turned to stone
- n becoming inflexible or out of date
- Mary Higby Schweitzer in Independent
Mary Schweitzer, who led the US team, said: "For centuries it was believed that the process of fossilisation destroyed any original material, consequently no one looked carefully at really old bones."
- Jack Pettigrew in BBC News
Fossilisation is notoriously poor in the rocky tropical environment of the Kimberley,Dr Pettigrew told BBC News. "Flying fox fossils are known from the limestone of Queensland's Riversleigh, from which they can be extracted in perfect...