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Fossils can provide more information than just the name of an organism. It can tell you how the organism became a fossil. When a land organism dies, its body is usually picked over by other animals and bones are scattered around. The bones can be eroded by different weather conditions.

A dinosaur grave site is like a crime scene. The paleontologist tries to interpret how the organismís remains came to this area. This is called the study of taphonomy. Paleontologists can determine if the bones were transported or whether the organism died at that site. Finding an entire skeleton of a land organism is rare, especially the large dinosaurs and mammals. 


A dinosaur gravesite

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