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Fossils

I’ve probably been fascinated with fossils since I was little. One of the first time’s I was introduced to them was somewhere between 4th and 6th grade. I can’t remember the exact time but I do remember they were little round circles that we chipped out of rocks.

Anyway, this article tonight takes me back not just to that place and time but also to the book Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms: The Story of the Animals and Plants That Time has Left Behind by Richard Fortey.

So I almost forgot, the article is entitled “A Mysterious Fossil Points to the Origins of Lizards and Snakes” by Asher Elbein over at the New York Times. Believe it or not, I still have a couple of fossils lying around the house.

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Fossils

FossilRock

I remember back in middle school at what was considered an alternative school, we got the chance to look for fossils and even dig some out of rocks (like the one above) that are teacher  brought to school. So of course, when I come across articles on fossils, I’m always fascinated.

In this article, we are actually talking about the oldest ones ever found. The article is entitled “Oldest Fossils Ever Found Confirmed to be 3.5 Billion Years Old” by Bryan Nelson over at Mother Nature Network. How cool is that?!

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Before there was oxygen

Hard to believe there is much evidence when it comes to this planet and yet, there is some. This according to the article entitled “2.5-Billion-Year-Old Fossils Predate Earth’s Oxygen” by Stephanie Pappas over at Live Science. Turns out it’s just on the other side of the world in South Africa. Very cool (or hot), depending on how you look at it.

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Trilobites & migration

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My favorite toy as a kid

As a kid, one of my favorite toys was just plain, old dirt. If we could find some, in the back yard or the local creek, we were in it. So when I saw this article over at High Country News, I knew it was for me, even though I’m not a geologist.

My kids however, might disagree as I have lots of rocks, a fossil or two and even some sand in the house. Hmmm? Maybe I have the makings of a new career. Anyway, the article is entitled “Thanks, BLM, for letting the dirt shine through” by Collin Smith.

Dig in!

  

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Whales in Africa

Whales have always been one of my favorite animals, particularly as an adult. I’ve been fortunate enough to have several opportunities to visit the oceans over the years but that was back when I was much younger and unaware of their deeper beauty.

When I saw this headline, “When whales roamed in what is now Africa” over at the Environmental News Network via Southern Methodist University, it took me back. Seventeen million years back.

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Who made these rings?

This takes me back to the days when rings would mysteriously appear in  corn fields. This in turn would lead to talk about aliens or other life forms as the source of who made the rings. I seem to recall that they usually just ended up as some sort of prank by humans.

Anyway, in this story, the rings about 492 million year old and probably weren’t made by humans.  The article is entitled “What on Earth Made These Perfect Fossil Rings?” by Jennifer Frazer over at the Artful Amoeba blog courtesy of the Scientific American website.

Check it out, there’s even a contest to come up with the “best natural explanation”.

Woo Hoo!

 

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