Why are dinosaur bones sometimes found near petroleum fossils.?

Well, recently I found out petroleum doesn’t really come from dinosaur bones but then, why have those bones been found near petroleum.

4 Responses to “Why are dinosaur bones sometimes found near petroleum fossils.?”

  1. wingsdjf Says:

    Much petroleum formed from organic materials buried in layers formed when sediments settled, then sunk. If dinos were there when the layer was formed and died, their bones could become fossilized, and would stay there until dug up.

  2. Helios Says:

    Dinosaur bones aren’t found by petroleum – and petroleum isn’t discussed as a ‘fossil’. And no – there is no relation between petroleum deposits and dinosaur bone beds.

    But you’re right – a great amount of petroleum comes out of the Carboniferous times which were waaay far back before dinosaurs.

    Actually dinosaurs are fairly recent and fairly modern creatures – the modern chicken is a dinosaur. You can find his bones at the food store.

  3. Chris G Says:

    petroleum comes from plants and animals but was formed way before dinosaurs: think trilobites, crinoids etc.

  4. SallyC Says:

    Dinosaurs have no relationship with petroleum. Petroleum, which is not a fossil, but is formed from the breakdown of tiny marine organisms that get trapped in the sediments when they die. Petroleum has formed from about the Carboniferous (pre-dinosaurs) to the Miocene (well post dinosaur). Petroleum also migrates upward through the rocks, so where it is found is not where it was generated. If dinosaur bones are found near petroleum occurrences it is just coincidence.