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Countdown

September 1, 2009 Leave a comment

We must also confront the fact that evolution is, as well as smarter than we are, infinitely more callous and cruel, and also capricious.  Investigation of the fossil record and the record of molecular biology shows us the approximately 98 percent of all the species that have ever appeared on earth have laspsed into extinction.  Christopher Hitchen God is not Great

Fossil Hunting

August 12, 2009 Leave a comment

Local Paleozoic Era-Mid Devonian-Early Mississippian Period (320-350 Million Years Ago) Aquatic Fossil hunting.

A Good Days Work

A Good Days Work

I as had mentioned in my Bio section, paleontology is a hobby of mine.   These are a small sample of what I was able to collect recently while searching road-cuts (Areas where mountains have been cut to make was for highways and roads) in Northern WV.   As a rule Road-cuts are an amateur paleo’s dream come true, most of the hard work of moving layers of rock and Earth have been done for you.  Mostly Brachiopods and Horn Corals
To the left here are some of my earliest ancestors.  Uncle Fred is the Horn Coral on the left (Smiling, apishly).

Unidentified Petrified Object (UPO)

Unidentified Petrified Object (UPO)

On the green shale notice the Rib-like Striae (ridges) running perpendicular to each other.  This find is either two fossils superimposed one on top the other, an early bony fish with Dorsal fin seen superiorly at 45 degree angle from body, or a partial Trilobite (Phacops rana) imprint.  Would love to hear from anyone with a knack for Marine Paleontology!

Crinoid

Crinoid

Probably my favorite find of the day.   I found this one as I pulled over to take a whizz behind some recently bulldozed rock bed. It was just lying there in a pile of detritus. This is a nicely preserved segmented aquatic plant.  There are collectively referred to as Crinoids.
So, is the Earth 4000 years old?  Are species evolving, mutating and adapting?   Any thoughts?