Saturday, April 28, 2012

A Trilobite Left Behind

It's, perhaps, a little hard to see in this photo.  I can't even say with 100% certainty that the oval shaped fossil cavity on this rock is what I think it is.  I can be certain, though, that it's not mine.

I left it behind.

Now, I can boast underwear older than my oldest child.  She's 22. I can brag about my bedside clock that's woken me up for 25 years.  I can listen to my 33-year old radio on my desk, but I can't boast having a 450 million year old trilobite fossil among my posessions.

Because, I left it behind.

The rules that the Army Corps of Engineers set for fossil hunting at Caesar Creek Lake State Park say you can take fossils from the spillway area.  However, they have to be no bigger than the palm of your hand.

So, when my daughter discovered this two palms-sized rock with a likely trilobite cavity, I obeyed.

I left a trilobite behind.

Go see it sometime.  We plan a return visit.

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