Originally Posted by Gibonius
What're the odds of finding a T-Rex skeleton from 300 million years ago?
Not too great, nobody's found a complete T Rex skeleton yet (according to wikipedia)
More than 30 specimens of Tyrannosaurus rex have been identified, some of which are nearly complete skeletons. Soft tissue and proteins have been reported in at least one of these specimens. The abundance of fossil material has allowed significant research into many aspects of its biology, including life history and biomechanics.
Also, to give some idea why this is so:
From Bill Bryson's a Short History of Nearly Everything:
1. It isn't easy to become a fossil
"It isn't easy to become a fossil… Only about one bone in a billion, it is thought, becomes fossilized. If that is so, it means that the complete fossil legacy of all the Americans alive today - that's 270 million people with 206 bones each - will only be about 50 bones, one-quarter of a complete skeleton. That's not to say, of course, that any of these bones will ever actually be found. Bearing in mind that they can be buried anywhere within an area of slighly over 9.3 million square kilometres, little of which will ever be turned over, much less examined, it would be something of a miracle if they ever were”
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