I doubt that Lyuba, the baby wooly mammoth whose carcass was discovered in Syberia earlier this year, had no idea how famous she’d be as she slipped into an eternal icy slumber. It only took 42,000 years but once they found her, she got loads of press. All she had to do was lie around and not turn to dust, kind of like the Kardashian girls but way cuter. Just look!
So why do I have fossils on my mind this week? It could have something to do with that surprise adventure I told you Jim was taking me on. It might have been to an undisclosed location with an anthropology student guide to forgotten property where some digging has taken place which unearthed some cool fossils. Perhaps I found some megalodon teeth (that’s an ancient giant shark species) and manatee rib bones and things like that. If I did go on such an adventure, maybe I’d have a photo of my loot to share with you that would look something like this:
It was a lot of fun! (allegedly)
If you are interested in finding fossils, Florida is loaded with them. You can go fossil hunting on Peace River and find all sorts of cool stuff. You can also scope Venice Beach which is known as the shark tooth capital of the world. (Remind me not to swim there!) You can also obtain a fossil hunting license for a mere 5 bucks which enables you to keep findings on state property, etc. One of the coolest things found in Florida that I’ve heard of was a giant ground sloth skeleton. Jim’s favorite animal is the sloth so when he found out enormous sloths not only once existed but left their bones around for us to find, well, it’s pretty exciting. Look how big and dopey these beautiful creature’s bones are!
I think it’s safe to say that through research and the spirit of adventure, we have found ourselves a new hobby. Our first ‘official’ fossil hunting trip will probably be to Peace River in the near future. It’s only an hour away from us! Don’t be jealous, if you do a little research I bet there are fossil hunting adventures near where you live as well.
See you next week…