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Tony Coates

Here Tony Coates and two other scientists are hard at work. They stand in shallow water at the edge of a small island. In front of them is a low, striped cliff. The scientists use hammers and other tools to chip at a gray stripe, or layer, in the cliff. Inside the layer are the remains of small animals called corals that lived two million years ago. These remains, like the buried remains of plants and other animals, are called fossils.

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