<<petrified remains (plant or animal), relics>>

Fossils are the preserved remains of plants and animals whose bodies were buried in sediments, such as sand and mud. Over time and with geological processes this turns to sedimentary rock encapsulating the dead organism. It is considered highly likely that the fossils came about during the global flood of Noah's time.  The flood was a violent geologic upheaval with enormous destructive power that not only destroyed all land-dwelling, air-breathing life but also changed the global landscape (Gen 7:21-23).

Dinosaurs and many other creatures are no longer in existence, although we don't know when this happened as numerous plant and animal species each year become extinct due to habitat or other environment effects. However, the age of various fossils is questionable as carbon dating has been proved to be vastly inaccurate. The world, according to Bible records is considered to be only some 7,000 years old, thus the fossils are possibly only some 6,000 years old.

Fossils are preserved relics of the past. What once had life and vitality, is now dead and little remains. Hence, the term fossil can be used in a metaphorical way, referring to an old thing or old-fashioned person – what is out of touch with reality and the current situation. 

See also: creation, time/timing.