So really... what is Fossil? Here are the facts:
Set Size: 62 in the US, 48 in Japan
In the US, Fossil was expanded (yet decreased) to 62 cards, since Wizards did the holo/non-holo deal again AND they took Mew out of the set.
Set Order: 3rd set in the US, 3rd set in Japan
Release Date: October 10th, 1999 in the US; ??? in Japan
Fossil was originall planned to be released in the US around January 2000 (based on original Jungle estimates). But because Jungle was pushed ahead, so was Fossil.
Wizards had decided to take Mew out of
Fossil and turn it into a Pokémon League Promo
card. At first, people HATED this move.... but then it was
those same people who walked out of the Pokémon
League with 11 of them.
The symbol for Fossil was a claw.