Wednesday, August 17, 2022

I Love Fossils

 I love fossils so much that I chose Evolutionary Anthropology for my major in college. I love the story ancient bones tell. If you search on the blog on the word "fossil" you'll see all the posts I've done over the years. The beach in Capitola was covered in rocks filled with fossils. A minus tide was my favorite time to walk along the cliff wall and see the ancient history of animals that had been there long before humans ever stepped a foot there. 

I found these two Sand Dollar fossils on the beach in Port Townsend, WA back in 2006. I gathered them up, brought them home and have treasured their little ancient histories. 

So, when I saw a young boy a couple of months ago literally trying to sell rocks out in front of his house, I had to take a look. What a surprise it was to see this beautiful fossil he had among his rocks. 

I bought it and brought this ancient treasure home. What a history it has to tell. How did they all get there together like this? 

Then, my neighbor had a yard sale this past weekend. I went and took a look. She had lots of random stuff from dishes to clothes on her front lawn, and tables filled with china and crystal. But among all of that, I found this.

Oh be still my heart! I couldn't believe the beauty of this ancient fish in this ancient rock. There was even a little fish on the back of it.

So I jumped for joy and brought this ancient beauty home with me. For me, fossils are poems in stone.

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  1. Poems in stone -- I love it. What great finds, between that boy and your neighbor. We have a store in Fort Collins which specializes in fossils. You would be in fossil heaven there. Tara

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    1. Tara-- I would love to walk through a store full of fossils. What a treat that would be! Fossil nirvana!

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  2. I like fossils almost as I like round rocks formed by meteorites.

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    1. Paul-- Ah round rocks. We still cherish the ones we have from you!

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  3. Growing up I had a friend with your love of fossils. She would find them all the time as I would not even recognize one. It is so nice that a creature's identity and existence can be acknowledged years later by the impression they left in stone.

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    1. Patti-- Oh I love that "impression left in stone." It really is wild to hold something in your hands that is so incredibly old.

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  4. It is amazing to find a fossil! You certainly have a good eye for spotting them. I can never imagine how they survive the pounding waves!

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    1. EllenD-- It really is amazing to consider what it takes to go from a life form to a fossil. It does take a very, very long time.

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  5. What a connection through the ages, to life that lived right there, and left that mark for you to find!

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    1. Barbara-- It really is a connection through the ages. I love that perspective so much!

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  6. Very exciting finds! You have an eye for beauty.

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    1. Colette-- Thank you so much for your kind words.

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  7. Poems in stone that found you as much as you found them! Joy!

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    1. am-- I love thinking they found me as much as I found them. Yes!

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  8. Excellent finds! I love that a boy was selling rocks in front of his house. That's something I would have done as a kid. You probably made his day by buying one.

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    1. Steve-- I love thinking of you as a young boy who might have done something like that. It hadn't even occurred to me that I might have made his day. Wonderful, because he made mine too!

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  9. Gorgeous, mysterious. I grew up in an area with many fossil finds, including one specimen of the archaeopteryx, the bird dinosaur. I remember when I saw the fossil for the first time (we have been back many times since) and wondering about its size and sound and plumage for weeks and weeks afterwards. Many childhood drawings followed.

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    1. Sabine-- I just looked at photos of that archaeopteryx fossil. Wow! What a truly spectacular sight that must be. I would love to see such a thing and love knowing that you did... many times. I wonder what your childhood drawings looked like. How wonderful!

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  10. I look at rocks, mostly for fossils. I even found a fossil in our stone fireplace. One stone had been split into two stones, and straight through a fossilized arthropod.

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    1. Joanne-- I can't tell you how much I love knowing that you look for fossils. That is so wonderful. I love that you have a fossil in your stone fireplace. The stories that stones and bones can tell are the best!

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  11. I too love fossils. The reveal of that fish enabled by scrolling down was almost as good as finding it myself. Fossils everywhere on most surfaces in the house. I remember putting my hand in a fossilised puddle in sand rippled rocks and thinking humans had not even been thought of when this puddle was full of water. Poems in stone indeed

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    1. JacquieB-- I love that you put your hand in a fossilized puddle. What a moment of connection to a whole other time on earth. Beautiful.

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  12. An absolute treasure! Well spotted.

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  13. An absolute treasure. Well spotted!

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  14. "fossils are poems in stone"

    That's the most unique and genuine observation I've read in a long time. I'm charmed

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    1. AllyBean-- I'm so glad you liked that. Thank you for your kind words.

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  15. Back when I was doing the river guide thing in Big Bend, we would hike and occasionally find fossil sea shells. I have several pieces of petrified wood, a sort of fossil.

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    1. ellen-- I love that you would find fossil sea shells there. I haven't thought of petrified wood in so long. Thank you for reminding me.

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  16. I love Sand Dollars, too, but had never thought of them as fossils before. See? Even at my advanced age I can still learn something.

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    1. Catalyst-- Sand dollars are interesting creatures. I don't know much about them, and even Wikipedia doesn't have much to say. Ancient sea urchins they are.

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  17. The flat piece of stone with the fish fossil on it must have come from the fossil field in Republic, WA. I have found some interesting fossils there, sadly, so interesting that the interpretive center retained them for their research. But they did give me some lovely stone roses as consolation.

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    1. MollyTrolley-- It would be interesting to find out where that fish fossil came from. I may ask my neighbor the next time I see her. I remember finding fossils in Port Townsend and in Capitola, CA. I love knowing that you've found interesting fossils too. There is just something about holding in our hands something so ancient.

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