mac·​ro·​fos·​sil | \ ˈma-krō-ˌfä-səl How to pronounce macrofossil (audio) \

Definition of macrofossil

: a fossil large enough to be observed by direct inspection

Examples of macrofossil in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Scientists are hunting through macrofossils, leaf wax, mineral types, noble gases, and much more to answer questions about what Greenland’s ancient landscape looked like when it was last exposed. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "Ancient soil from secret Greenland base suggests Earth could lose a lot of ice," 29 Oct. 2019 Using a combination of ancient DNA, plant macrofossils, and pollen, his team reconstructed the diet of four moa species. Jacob Mikanowski, The Atlantic, "Reconstructing Lost Worlds With Poop," 19 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of macrofossil

1937, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for macrofossil

macro- + fossil entry 2

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“Macrofossil.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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