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The Origin of Fossils

Contrary to what many scientific texts report, an orderly succession of evolutionary fossils does not exist in the most studied canyon in all the world—the Grand Canyon. In fact, there are many fossils on the surface of the canyon, but we find very few hiking through the canyon. Furthermore, the evolutionary fossil succession does not exist in any canyon in the world—a little known fact discussed in the Fossil Model. Fossils did not form covered by miles of sediment for millions of years. Find the answers to all of your questions about fossil formation in the Fossil Model, which explains the true origin of fossils; answers like, how wood turns into a stone instead of decomposing or how soft tissue jellyfish and feathers became rock are typical questions answered in Chapter 11, the Fossil Model.