I didn’t know. I just didn’t know. I’m sure we learned something about it in history or science. Perhaps we even saw some examples. But I can tell you for sure that it did not seem real and I probably filed it away somewhere near fairy tales and tall tales.
But today, I stood on the Jurassic Coast of England at Lyme Regis and collected my own ammonite fossil in the heart of a grey stone.
“The layers of sedimentary rock along the Jurassic Coast can be read like a book. They reveal the history of Earth across 185 million years and form a near complete record of the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. Exploring this immense story takes us on a walk along the 95 mile stretch of coast between Exmouth in East Devon and Studland Bay in Dorset.”
I saw with my own eyes, fossils that are said to be as old as 185 million years. I held with my own hands, the fossilized remains of an other-worldly sea creature. I felt the deep ridges of large animals that once lived and breathed and inhabited this part of the world. It was beyond incredible.
In the exploring, I picked up a piece of driftwood shaped like an angel and decided that it would be my handquote for the day. Too much emotion for words in this day of discovery. Just a random piece of driftwood set against the backdrop of Lyme Regis on the Jurassic Coast.