Monday, March 16, 2009

Old Bugs

Fossil hunting at the Latham Shale:
The shale beds, about 100 miles east of Los Angeles, California
Angeles, California, some of the first land to be pushed up from primeval oceans.

Emilie works the face in search of fossils.

The clay/shale of shallow seas was home to many trilobites (essentially bugs) that lived in the Pre-Cambrian period, about 250,000,000 years ago. We took a couple of other people with us and their children to find fossils. There's something about kids and fossils.

Notwithstanding effort, it always requires a little luck combined with perseverance to make a big find. On this trip there was also time to do some shooting. Eamon, a young Irish boy pictured with a fossil (left) shot a .22 pistol for the first time. 


WoFat said...

This trip sounds like great fun. The most one can do around here is look for arrow heads. And METH labs.

Opus #6 said...

That's cool. My boys love fossils too.

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