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Wednesday, 30 July 2008

ABC Wednesday - B

ABC Wednesday again, and

B

is for

BELEMNITE



Another fossil, this time the back end of a squid-like creature.
If you want to know more, read about it here.

This shows the groove in the back end.


And here is where this part broke away from the rest before becoming a fossil. If you look very closely you may be able to see radial markings in the outer casing (which would have been the inner skeleton of the creature.)

I find fossils fascinating. Firstly for their age - the numbers are almost too big for me to take in - and secondly for what they tell us about early life on this beautiful planet of ours.

Maybe I should have continued with the Dungloe theme today, but I'd planned this post weeks ago and I wanted to use it. I hope you'll forgive me.

For more B posts this week you have two choices.
Visit the new ABC Wednesday site, or check out Mrs Nesbitt's Place.
Or why not do both?

29 comments:

Aileni said...

On the Button !

Blue said...

Like you I find fossils fascinating, the same goes for crystals.
This one was very new to me - so a good choice for B.

Kim from Hiraeth said...

Wow! I've learned something new today. I'm going to check out the Wiki article later on.

VP said...

I have a similar one collected from a Beach in Dorset!

Nice post.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Fascinating post, dragonstar.

AphotoAday said...

Interesting creature...
I would have guessed it was a primitive weapon...

ellen b. said...

Fossils are fascinating. Thanks for putting this together for us...

RuneE said...

Sharp and original post!

Bear Naked said...

150 million years old!
Wow!

Bear((( )))

Denise said...

Fascinating stuff...it is what ABC Wednesday is all about!

Sherry Stewart said...

Amazing..nice to see stuff like this...thanks for sharing.

Suburbia said...

Came to have a closer look!

magiceye said...

Interesting Bits of information..

Gemma said...

Cool!Where did they find that?

babooshka said...

You do know your fossils. Gary's degree is geology so you can imagine he gets very excited about trilobites. Interesting find and a good spot. Not found a dicky bird here yet.

CherryPie said...

Really interesting :-)

Larry D said...

Great photos, fossils are fascinating pieces of history.

Texas Travelers said...

I love fossils. This is a great post.
Thanks for the link.

Terrific photos.

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Granny Smith said...

This is fascinating! My biggest find was many years ago when the geology department decided to throw out drawers and drawers full of fossils and I realized that they had discarded them in a dumpster! I recovered them and passed a few out to my cub scout troop. (Yes, that was so long ago that I still had cub scout aged sons!) With one of the cubs something about them set his imagination on fire and he dived right in to the study of them. (Is that a mixed metaphor?) He went on to become a noted paleontologist!

Good post.

Nessa said...

looks like a big tooth.

Sara said...

Fossils are fascinating, I agree.

jams o donnell said...

Fascinating. My own fossil collection only stretches to an ammonite and a trilobite.. both live on top of the toilet...

becky voyles said...

Very original B word, Dragonstar.

starnitesky said...

I love fossils and like you the age of them can be difficul to take in even though I studied Geology.

Dr.John said...

Are you sure that the fossil is not a dragon's tooth?

nonizamboni said...

So fascinating -- and old! Great photos really give us a good view too. Thanks for sharing.
Hope your week has been good!

Nydia said...

Like Kim, I've learned something new today! I also find fossils fascinant. Just to think these aging creatures living when manhood was only an idea... It give us ideas! And there are people who find this world boing!

Loved your B choice!

Kisses from us.

B. Roan said...

Fossils are very interesting objects. My dad had a few he had collected in a cigar box. I enjoyed looking at them as a child.

By the way, I've tagged you for a Bookie Meme. Hope you enjoy. The rules are on Rubbish. Come see.

Neva said...

This is a great 'B"....love the fossils.....