Urban fossils are the remains of extinct organisms that have been preserved on construction stones. Yes, you can find fossils on the streets.

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A fossil marine mammal on a street of Girona (Spain)

This photograph was taken in October on a street of Girona (Spain), when a group of palaeontologists removed a limestone pavement slab with a remarkable fossil. Why was this fossil so important?

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Fossils on the streets of New York

The streets of New York hide some stunning urban fossils unheeded by the hurrying passers-by. Dinosaur-palaeontologist Dr. Kenneth Lakovara has found many of these hidden treasures and let us know about them. A couple of years ago,Dr Lacovara went fossil-hunting on the streets of this city and described some of these fossils in in ABC's Born to Explore TV series.
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Urban fossils of Brussels

Most of the buildings of downtown Brussels have been built with artificial materials such as bricks and concrete. Natural construction stones are not very common around this city, therefore using artificial construction materials is quite common in the region. However, some streets and squares of Brussels have been paved with a dark limestone (see photograph below) with a very rich and interesting fossil content.

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