Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Despite our global financial woes, petrified squid is flying off the shelves…
Really, that is exactly what these are. Wyoming was once covered by an immense inland sea - the ground is littered with cryptocrystalline quartz, a stone that holds every color of sunrise and sunset and is only found in deep marine environments. Native Americans found it a perfect rock for making arrowheads.
But I digress. These are petrified squid, from the time this land was sea. They range in size from less than an inch long and less than 1/4 inch wide, to over 3 inches long and over an inch wide. They range in color - some are transluscent amber, most are a deep amythyst, some with an opaque matrix of stone. Collected by moi...
Hat tip to Wagga!