Detail of a petrified tree. Image: Jeremy Hance & Tiffany Roufs

The fossil quiz!

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Bonus question

True or False: As of the creation of this quiz (October 2022), no fossils are known from other planets.

a.  True: Nobody has ever found a fossil organism from another planet.

b.  False: There are fossil aliens, but the government is hiding them at Area 51.

c.  Maybe False: In 1996 scientists announced that they found possible fossils of bacteria-like organisms in a meteor from Mars, but their hypothesis is not accepted by most scientists after extensive testing.  Still…could they be real…?  Exploration for fossils of life on Mars might someday be found and show that life on Mars did look like what was found in the meteor.

Fun BBC feature about what it takes to become a fossil: