Is it possible for a stone to tell us a story about what animals and plants used to be there in former times?
And “former times” does not mean a few centuries but millions of years.
Such witnesses of a time period as these petrified animals are called fossils. And they can show us today what the creatures looked like back then, when they were turned into stone millions of years ago. Even if the species themselves have long been extinct.
But there’s more. With the help of the many fossils that humans have meanwhile found on Earth – actually mainly below ground – we can also explore what the environment these animals used to live in must have looked like once.