There's always something very special about beginnings. I take this slowly, at first; as I know that even if he's familiar with the idea, he isn't yet comfortable with it.
The memories are crystal clear, the summer sun was hot, the air had that distinct smell that meant salt water and sand, and no amount of time can tarnish or diminish the My First Male/Male experience! I would have liked to break the ice with a few videos, but circumstances didn't permit.
are the preserved remains or traces of animals, plants, and other organisms from the remote past.
The totality of fossils, both discovered and undiscovered, and their placement in fossiliferous (fossil-containing) rock formations and sedimentary layers (strata) is known as the fossil record.
acquired trait: A phenotypic characteristic, acquired during growth and development, that is not genetically based and therefore cannot be passed on to the next generation (for example, the large muscles of a weightlifter).
These types of fossil are called trace fossils (or ichnofossils), as opposed to body fossils.
The study of fossils across geological time, how they were formed, and the evolutionary relationships between taxa (phylogeny) are some of the most important functions of the science of paleontology.
Such a preserved specimen is called a "fossil" if it is older than some minimum age, most often the arbitrary date of 10,000 years.
Like extant organisms, fossils vary in size from microscopic, even single bacterial cells one micrometer in diameter, to gigantic, such as dinosaurs and trees many meters long and weighing many tons.
A fossil normally preserves only a portion of the deceased organism, usually that portion that was partially mineralized during life, such as the bones and teeth of vertebrates, or the chitinous or calcareous exoskeletons of invertebrates.