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Fossil remains of Martian insects

A fossil is the mineralized or otherwise preserved remains or traces of animals, plants, and other organisms. Paleontology and micropaleontology are academic disciplines which depend on the study of fossils. A form of fossilization was petrification.

Fossils of indigenous insects have been found on Mars. (TNG: "The Last Outpost", "Datalore")

Lieutenant Commander Data recorded significant fossil remains around the area of a predatory vine on the planet Surata IV in the year 2365. (TNG: "Shades of Gray")

In 2369, a microscopic cellular fossil, designated LB10445, was found in a cavern on Earth along with Data's severed head. (TNG: "Time's Arrow")

In 2371, what appeared to be a fossil of an ammonite-like creature was displayed in Ishka's home on Ferenginar. (DS9: "Family Business")

An ammonite fossil

In 2373, the USS Enterprise-E featured a fossilized ammonite. (Star Trek: First Contact)

That same year, Commander Chakotay stated that the USS Voyager's fossil records proved that the Voth civilization was from the planet Earth. (VOY: "Distant Origin")

In 2376, an away team on the Delta Flyer found fossilized metallic lifeforms in a rock inside a graviton ellipse. The rock was billions of years older than the Earth. (VOY: "One Small Step")

By 2380, Captain Carol Freeman had an ammonite fossil among the items in her ready room on the USS Cerritos. (LD: "Second Contact")

Derogatory usage

Someone could be called a "fossil" figuratively (often as an insult) if said person was extremely old or the views they held were seen as archaic. Chief Miles O'Brien inferred that Doctor Julian Bashir considered him a "fossil" when he suggested that O'Brien preferred "old style" racquetball rules. (DS9: "Rivals")

In approximately 3074, The Doctor's backup copy, the EMH backup module, referred to himself as "some sort of fossil" when he learned that roughly 700 years had passed and he didn't know what happened to Voyager or its crew. Quarren assured him that he wasn't a fossil but rather a living witness to history. (VOY: "Living Witness")

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