Nevertheless, there is still a lot we can deduce from the 0.01% that we have discovered.
It is not necessary to study every species, in order to deduce the key characteristics of the group to which it belongs.
Even once fossilised, the remains aren’t certain to be included as part of our ‘fossil record’. But fossils are also being destroyed all the time, as geological events such as tectonic movement and subduction of the Earth’s crust back into the mantle.
Sometimes rock can be eroded away, and while this provides an opportunity for it’s discovery, it also opens the fossil back up to the elements.
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Even bones can eventually be worn down by erosion before fossilisation can occur.
Fossilisation is most likely if an animal is buried very soon after death, preferably in sediment such as sand or mud.
Despite this, creationists still continue to argue otherwise.
Some have suggested that the fossil record represents animals killed during one or more biblical floods, however this is incongruent with the evidence available., meaning “having been dug up”, and refers to the remains or traces of any living thing, older than 10,000 years.