Trilobites by the Bucket

Outside of Toledo Ohio is a park where you can go and dig for fossils, for free…
“Trilobites by the Bucket”
Not in a place such as this though, but I have gone looking for fossils (in a paleontology course). I didn’t find that much (a few brachiopods and the like) but a classmate of mine on that trip DID find a trilobite.
Me, I think most people know (and if you don’t, now you do) that my favorites are ammonites, anyway. Heck, people like Bridgette and the Olsons have given fossils of them to me as gifts.
And, “just because”, in my Rebma in Strange Bedfellows, the real critters are still alive and thriving. In real life, ammonites (the closest living relative is the Nautilus, with which you might be more familiar) died out 65 million years ago. Other cephalopods related to the ammonites are squid and the octopus (which have basically lost the shell, although the squid has an internal one)
See? Not just the Dinosaurs were wiped out by that extinction event at the end of the Cretaceous period. Ammonites were another (albeit less famous) victim.
The Natural History Museum in England has a virtual exhibit on these amazing creatures.

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  1. I’ve been fascinated by dinosaur and other fossils since I was a child. I did my final year project of my bachelors degree on dinosaurs and their suspected physiology, and other creatures that were alive at the same time.
    It started when I was little. I lived near a beach, very famous fossil picking ground and you could pick them up right off the shore. It got me hooked.
    When Jim and I went to visit my parents, I dragged him to the Natural History Museum – which he also discovered he liked. Creatures from this long ago are fascinating. Yet another interest we have in common.

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