0604: Rocks and Brachs

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Sometimes the brachiopods I find have a delicate beauty. Others, and there are thousands of variations, seem to have the gnarly look of creatures remote and primordial. Both descriptions are appropriate. There are few other objects that better fit that slot, especially given that the earliest brachiopods appeared roughly a half a billion years ago! These shown today are merely 385 million years old. The lead picture of today’s post is a rock (about the size of my fist) that I dug up at the nearby quarry – from a section where the shaley rock is brittle and seldom contains much in the way of brachiopods (a few gastropods can sometimes be found there and not much else).

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But this fist-sized rock was packed with large brachs, obviously part of a dense bed that provided them with their final resting place. I began photographing the outermost fossils and then proceeded to play a game of Paleozoic Jenga – slowly and carefully peeling away the outer surfaces in hopes of further discoveries. And I was not disappointed. Here are some of the findings from within:

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And this was the pile that remained.

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This next set is made up of old and new finds – all of which sit on new and different backgrounds that I am currently experimenting with.

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I leave you today with a zen moment. A dense fog from a hilltop aerie in Umbria.

Thanks for the visit.

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