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In the badlands of montana an dinosaur skeleton is unearthed. how did the skeleton get into that kind of rock

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That area, millions of years ago, was wet and swampy. Not dry & rocky like it is today. When a dinosaur died the remains and/or skeleton became covered with dirt & mud. As years of sediment piled up it eventually preserved the bones long enough to create fossils.

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It's actually more like compacted-silt that crumbles fairly easily compared to rock.

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Though, in some cases, after millions (and millions) of years, that sediment is compacted hard enough to be plain old ROCK-hard. My mom used to have a thing for fossils. She had all kinds of specimens. One of them was a slice of shale--the kind they call oil shale, because it can be crushed under immense pressure to yield oil. The interesting thing about it was that there were fossilized bones in it, of some kind of lizard. And in one spot on the slice she had, there was a more-or-less cross-section of vertebra, and next to that a short little straight piece of bone, topped with a little dot of bone, and next to that, a longer straight piece of bone. Those bones spelled out the word "oil"! Mom wrote a letter to one of the oil companies, and enclosed a picture of her fossil. They never wrote back....

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