Really cool fossil. Nothing to do with liturgy.

For your “Just Too Cool” via Sancte Pater comes this from The Sun (the whole thing there):

A girl of six got more than she bargained for when she went digging with a plastic spade and found a 160million year old fossil.

Lucky Emily Baldry unearthed the massive Rieneckia odysseus fossil during her first archaeological dig last year.

And now after months of restoration she has donated it to a museum to be enjoyed by the public.

She pulled the 130lb specimen — which has a diameter of 40cm — out of the ground in March last year when she was just FIVE.

Stunned dad Jon Baldry couldn’t believe his eyes when Emily’s seaside spade hit the fossil at Cotswold Water Park in Gloucestershire.

It has since undergone a year’s worth of careful restoration and now boasts fearsome 2cm spikes.


Very cool.  Read the whole thing.

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  1. ejcmartin says:

    That is cool. I am afraid however if I tell my boys ages five and nine my backyard will become a pockmarked archeological dig site, which would not be good for the lawn.

  2. ckdexterhaven says:

    Very cool! Reminds me of the *great* short story by Roald Dahl, called The Mildenhall Treasure. About a farmer in England who digs up Roman treasure in his field. I think it’s a true story.

  3. benedetta says:

    Yes! Very cool!

  4. AnAmericanMother says:

    Yes, that story is true. Actually it was a ploughman who dug it up during WWII, and showed it to his boss. Nobody knew about it til 1946 – either because they didn’t know what they had or were trying to dodge the law. It’s one of the major ‘treasure trove’ cases, and all of it is now in the British Museum.
    The “Great Plate of Bacchus” is absolutely unique:

  5. irishgirl says:

    Oh my goodness-that’s huge! And very fearsome-looking, indeed!
    I love the expression on that little girl’s face-looks like the cat that swallowed the canary! ; )

  6. Random Friar says:

    That picture and smile just reminded me of the old Calvin and Hobbes comic strips.

    Way to go, kid!

  7. Centristian says:

    Whatever that is I’m glad it’s extinct.

  8. Jason says:

    Great fossil. And what a cute little girl. My daughter is away at school. I think I’ll give her a call.

  9. I have many ammonites in my flower gardens, same as Rieneckia odysseus, as well as many other pre-historic fossils, some in my home. My brother and his son, who passed away at the age of 13, two years ago, belonged to the Dallas Paleontological Society and they traveled all over the USA hunting fossils. When his son died he donated many hundreds of pounds of fossils to the Dallas Paleontological Society, in his son’s name, some of which no one there had ever seen before.

    My brother owns land on the river in north Texas and he just went hunting in the past two weeks. He has found the burial site of a Mosasaur. He uncovered the snout with teeth in it. He will go back to see if the whole skeleton is there. It is all quite interesting to say the least.

  10. “All my bones shall say, ‘Lord, who is like to thee?'” :)

  11. Athanasius says:

    It’s a great find, but the problem is it’s not 160 million years old. The whole theory on which that type of dating is based comes from Lyell, who had no laboratories or practical science but only theorized that strata simply layers on top of each other in neat historical order, as if the natural processes of biology and geology like water, floods, rain, erosion, etc. do not exist. All modern science is based on that supposition, which does not stand up to scrutiny under experimental conditions. At best maybe 10,000 years.

  12. Athanasius… dude… are you really saying that, as the last big glacial period ended and they started growing grain in Sumeria and Mohenjo-Daro, there were freakin’ huge Rieneckia sailing the seven seas over what’s today England and the US, yo ho?

    Equally, I doubt that Ohio prehistory and Ohio crinoids go together, unless you think all the Native American tribes went through a merman stage of settlement.

  13. Athanasius says:

    Sed contra, the dates are wrong because they take the data, real data, and interpret according to Lyell’s metic and come up with the wrong dates.

    Humans and dinosaurs all lived at the same time, prior to the flood. You also have to realize that man was made a little lower than the angels, and when he fell, man was a lot smarter, stronger and lived longer than he does today. Sin continued the devolution of man through the ages. What ended the dinosaurs living with man was the flood. There is substantial evidence for all of this that is routinely ignored by the establishment.
    The bigger issue is all that is made to support darwinism. What is darwinism? It is a scientific theory meant to deal with the economic problems Malthus predicates, why are there so many poor? Evolution says: because some people are not as well evolved as others, that’s why they ain’t rich (Darwin was an English aristocrat). Darwin’s cousin, Galton comes up with the solution, use “science” to get rid of the bad products of evolution and produce good ones by sterilizing and engineering better people. That is THE science behind aboriton, population control, contraception, euthanasia, socialism, free market economics, banking, etc. It is the science that all the elites use. It is UN policy through UNESCO, whose first head was Julian Huxley, the son of T.H. Huxley (and brother of Aldous Huxley) who pioneered tons of eugenics research and chummied with Joseph Mengele, the angel of death in the NAZI concentration camps. Darwinism is a lie, it is a fairy tell requiring the geological fairytale, that the earth is millions of years old, so that the social science which is its consequence, eugenics. Darwinian eugenics depends on hiding science, hiding archeology, making up false mechanisms and scientifically unfalsifiable claims in grade school, so when they explain you must be sterilized because you have bad genes (the necessary consequence of Darwinian theory) as they did in this country from the 1920s through the 1960s largely as a mechinism of commit racial genocide against black people, they can say its all science, its all evolutionary biology. Darwin said manage the stock, and someone else said that. Rudolph Hess, Hitler’s chancellor, said “National Socialism is applied biology.” Darwinian science and the “million year old earth fairy tale” are just junk science made to support socialism’s war on humanity.

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