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In addition to being tilted horizontally, the layers have been faulted (dashed lines on figure).
There are three general approaches that allow scientists to date geological materials and answer the question: "How old is this fossil?
Most sediment is either laid down horizontally in bodies of water like the oceans, or on land on the margins of streams and rivers.
Each time a new layer of sediment is deposited it is laid down horizontally on top of an older layer.
Layers of rock are deposited horizontally at the bottom of a lake (principle of original horizontality).
Younger layers are deposited on top of older layers (principle of superposition).