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Definitions for microfossil
ˌmaɪ kroʊˈfɒs ɪlmi·cro·fos·sil

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  1. microfossilnoun

    a fossil that must be studied microscopically


  1. microfossilnoun

    any microscopic fossil, such as that of a pollen grain


  1. Microfossil

    A microfossil is a fossil that is generally between 0.001 mm and 1 mm in size, the visual study of which requires the use of light or electron microscopy. A fossil which can be studied with the naked eye or low-powered magnification, such as a hand lens, is referred to as a macrofossil. Microfossils are a common feature of the geological record, from the Precambrian to the Holocene. They are most common in deposits of marine environments, but also occur in brackish water, fresh water and terrestrial sedimentary deposits. While every kingdom of life is represented in the microfossil record, the most abundant forms are protist skeletons or microbial cysts from the Chrysophyta, Pyrrhophyta, Sarcodina, acritarchs and chitinozoans, together with pollen and spores from the vascular plants.


  1. microfossil

    A microfossil is a tiny fossil which is typically only visible under a microscope. They are usually less than 1 mm in size and can be the remains of various types of organisms such as plants, animals, fungi or bacteria. Microfossils are important in geology, paleontology and archaeology as they can provide information about the history of life, climate change and the age of rock layers.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of microfossil in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of microfossil in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3


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