Last Saturday, Tatjana (left) and I took advantage of Richard Leheis’ (right) invitation to roll up our sleeves and make the acquaintance of stone. Max, 12 years, was also along and it was amazing to witness his passion and perseverance. We found ammonites and one squid. A boy not far from us found a fish jaw. It was a great experience to see how many people come out to search for fossils, and to feel how much of a job it is. Stone is… stone.
Its a very infectious endeavor, however. You immediately begin to notice patterns in the stone and think up explanations, then test and discard them – hoping to improve your ability to anticipate a find. The next day, aching all over, I was happy to return to my computer desk. And grateful to have won new respect for the labors of those who have recognized, collected and prepared the petrefacts that our knowledge is built on.