Saturday, January 12, 2013

Asylum Walk (14)

The trilobite on this desk was given to me by my wife, “a small notion to bring light into the dark time of year.” Asaphiscus wheeleri, about 1 cm long, nestled within a small white cardboard box atop a square of cotton packing, sits on (and still mostly in) the rectangle of gray Wheeler Shale, from present-day Utah, it was unearthed in. Previously it had lain in the shale bed, encased in solid rock, for five hundred million years.

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