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.

Missouri calendar:

  • Eastern moles are active in tunnels deep underground.

9 Responses to “Swirl”

  1. Dani Says:

    What a cool find!

  2. Duff Says:

    I like seeing fossils of all knids. I wonder what could be seen looking through a magnifying glass at all the small critters surrounding the shell.

  3. Deb Says:

    Your last sentence and the Missouri calendar entry merge perfectly.

  4. robin andrea Says:

    What a fantastic find, pablo. I would love to see more pics of the fossils you have there. This one is a beauty.

  5. Beau Says:

    That’s a great one! Interspecies awe… nice words.

  6. FC Says:

    An ammonite?
    Looks like lots of crinoid discs in the matrix around it.


  7. Carolyn Hoffman Says:

    I love fossils. We don’t seem to have many around these parts 🙁

    Carolyn H.

  8. Rurality Says:

    WOW! Nice fossil. FC beat me to mentioning the other cool crinoids in there too.

  9. Walter Jeffries Says:

    Gee, Pablo, you have such cool rocks! We don’t find neat fossils like that here. 🙁 That’s gorgeous.

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