Stephen Orange sends in his latest report digging for marine fossils with the S.C.S.F.W.F (Sasha Consortium Searching for Weird Fossils)...
Stephen Orange: Hello everyone! I'm along the shores of the great unsalted seas, looking for previously undiscovered fossils of ancient marine creatures. We haven't had any luck on our earlier digs, but I am feeling hopeful for today!
Stephen: I think here, close to the water, will be a good spot to dig.
Stephen: Hmmf. Our first find...only a Lepomis macrochirus.
Ancestor of the common bluegill. Bah.
Stephen: Well, an ammonite. A little more interesting, but really they're ten-a-penny around here.
Stephen: Perhaps if we tried a little further away from the water. Must remember
to record all of this for posterity.
Stephen: Can...can it be? It looks like Dunkleosteus! Very rare; only 10 species known.
We must dig it up and study it!
Stephen: Time for the trowel. Must be very careful if I want to extract it whole. Oooh, this is so exciting! It's definitely Dunkleosteus, but I can't yet pinpoint the species. I guess that will be my next project! I do hope the S.C.S.F.W.F. will be pleased.
Stephen: Success! Oh my goodness, there's so much to do! Cataloging, measuring, weighing, reports to collate, articles to write...my winter is booked!
Can't wait to share with the others at home!
Congratulations to Stephen Orange! We will leave him here with his 'trophy' and all the follow-up his endeavors will bring. Doubtless we'll get a full report once he returns to Gregoropolis!