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Going really basic here being new on the fossil game i wanted to know how a fossil gets created because i have read that the bone gets replaced by rock or sediments and they take its original form but if that's the case then we are not holding teeth, we are holding rocks in the form of teeth when holding a fossilized tooth for example. I don't really know so if someone could please explain to me if the fossil is actual tooth like it was back then or it becomes rock and the general process it would be much appreciated.
I was wondering how fossils were preserved and a really cool thread on this site explained using plastic (butvar and others) to do so. It got me wondering, what about before plastic? How did early paleontologists protect fossils? Any links to sources you have would be amazing so I can read more about it. Thanks!