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Fossils are essentially the remains of various animals that lived thousands or millions of years earlier. When these creatures died, they were hidden in layers and also layers of planet. While their flesh would certainly rot away, the more challenging components of their body, such as coverings, bones, etc, would certainly remain intact in between the layers of debris. Now, all those years later, those bones and coverings can still be discovered, undamaged, as those layers of debris are once more uncovered.