fossiliferous

adjective
fos·​sil·​if·​er·​ous | \ ˌfä-sə-ˈli-f(ə-)rəs How to pronounce fossiliferous (audio) \

Definition of fossiliferous

: containing fossils

Examples of fossiliferous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The sheer pressure put on Ammonite to fulfill our fossiliferous expectations says something about our current moment in science. Riley Black, Smithsonian Magazine, "‘Ammonite’ Is Historical Fanfiction About the World’s First Great Fossil Hunter," 26 Aug. 2020 And that’s just from the fossiliferous rocks that have been explored so far. Riley Black, Smithsonian, "Prehistoric Ocean Predator Resembles a Large and Vicious Horseshoe Crab," 31 July 2019 Brian Switek Brian is a freelance science writer and author of fossiliferous books such as My Beloved Brontosaurus. Brian Switek, Scientific American, "Bone Up On What's Inside You," 25 June 2019 Soak Up the Past Among its other bona fides, Wyoming is one of the most fossiliferous places on the planet. Sunset, "Living in the West: The Best of Cowboy Country," 22 Jan. 2018 From the fossiliferous wealth held in the 6.2 million-year-old sediment of the Shuitangba coal mine in Yunnan, China, a team of Chinese and American scientists have now described Siamogale melilutra. Brian Switek, Smithsonian, "You Wouldn’t Want to Cuddle This Giant Prehistoric Otter With a Crushing Bite," 23 Jan. 2017 Brian Switek Brian is a freelance science writer and author of fossiliferous books such as My Beloved Brontosaurus. Brian Switek, Scientific American Blog Network, "Nothing but the Tooth," 10 July 2017 From the fossiliferous wealth held in the 6.2 million-year-old sediment of the Shuitangba coal mine in Yunnan, China, a team of Chinese and American scientists have now described Siamogale melilutra. Brian Switek, Smithsonian, "You Wouldn’t Want to Cuddle This Giant Prehistoric Otter With a Crushing Bite," 23 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of fossiliferous

1829, in the meaning defined above

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“Fossiliferous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fossiliferous. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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