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  •  There is a State Park (6+ / 0-)

    in the middle of nowhere in Nevada (if you ever want a stunningly clear naked eye view of the Andromeda galaxy, go camping in this park) called Berlin-Ichthyosaur. It has a fossil dig that has been preserved, with a protective covering over it, that has purportedly the largest  Ichthyosaur ever found. Underneith that one, judging on the  the size of the exposed vertebrae, is a even larger one.  
    If you ever are on a road trip in the American west, this place is worth a stop.

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      been a lot of these ichthyosaurs, they're found everywhere apparently. The museum in London must have 10 models, and plesiosaurs as well (even bigger creatures). When we usually think of history, we think back 100, maybe 1,000 or 3,0000 years. It is incomprehensible for my small mind to grasp 200 million years, just how long ago that was, when these animals ruled the seas. And given that the Earth is over 3 billion years old, it is likely that it will still be here 200 million years from now, and we will be as ancient as these ichthyosaurs. Sort of puts daily problems into perspective.

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      by doc2 on Sun Oct 11, 2009 at 08:23:45 AM PDT

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    •  That is cool, a preserved site (1+ / 0-)
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      Downthread I expressed a moment of guilt about my fossil collection (and got an attack by a troll) but I would like to see fossil sites preserved and not pick-and-shoveled up. I have only done that on roadcuts and quarry walls. I also understand that inquisitive kids and adults who have "the eye" to spot trilobites or four leaf clovers should get some reward for the noticing.

      Do you remember the park name?

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      by riverlover on Sun Oct 11, 2009 at 08:27:10 AM PDT

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      •  It's Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park (0+ / 0-)

        ....It's near the kinda-ghost-town of Ione, Nevada and there are also displays that deal with the mining going on there-imagine the miners in the 19th century, throwing "worthless" fossil bones over their shoulder while digging for silver!
        The place is about 50 or 75 miles off of Route 50, literally the middle of nowhere.  Bring water.  The phone won't work.

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        by leftykook on Sun Oct 11, 2009 at 04:56:18 PM PDT

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