This is another little gem that has been washed out by the erosion on the spillway. I found this on the same visit as I found the round rock within a round rock.
The fossil is about three inches in diameter, which makes it good sized for what I commonly find in my woods.
The notion that this critter lived its full measure of years on the earth (before anyone was around who could even call it the earth), begat its own offspring, pondered its own philosophy, then contributed the harder structures of its body to build up the bedrock that one would one day be called Roundrock fills me with a kind of interspecies awe.
I suspect there are all sorts of wonders hidden in the ground at Roundrock. I may have to become a burrowing animal if I want to find them though.
- Eastern moles are active in tunnels deep underground.