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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In geology, any stratum of rock which is largely made up of fragments of bones, or in which bones and teeth occur in such quantity as to be conspicuous.

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  • The jaws are greatly elongated -- so as to give a beak-like form in all -- but this region is specially long and narrow in the "beaked whales" known to zoologists by the name Ziphius, in which it consists of a solid piece of ivory-like bone, which we find in a fossil state in the bone-bed of the Suffolk Crag.

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  • And as we found in the Thallogens of that littoral zone over which we have just passed, representatives of the marine flora of the Silurian System, from the first appearance of organisms in its nether beds, to its bone-bed of the

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  • The discovery has been made the famous Pipestone Creek bone-bed near the town of Grande Prairie in Alberta province.

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  • He said the bone-bed site contains an abundance of fossils from young and old dinosaurs which will help researchers decipher individual growth patterns.

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  • His excavations and studies led to later large-scale search for dinosaur remains in the bone-bed.

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  • The rocks beneath this ancient bone-bed have yielded, as I have already said, no trace of any plant higher than the Thallogens, or at least not higher than the Zosteracea, -- plants whose proper habitat is the sea; but, through an apparently simultaneous advance of the two kingdoms, animal and vegetable, -- though of course the simultaneousness may be but merely apparent, -- the first land plants and the first vertebrates appear together in the same deposit.

    The Testimony of the Rocks or, Geology in Its Bearings on the Two Theologies, Natural and Revealed

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