Monday, 15 October 2012

More Ammonites!

Another visit to a local mineral show had me squeaking with glee after finding some ammonites species I hadn't previously seen. It was awesome! The journey there and back however wasn't so awesome.

We took the bikes and within about an hour the sun disappeared behind the clouds. Needless to say it was a very cold ride and even though I was ridiculously bundled up under my suit, my toes, arms, and chest got chilled! I am definitely investing in a heated vest if I am going to go on these late season rides. If I didn't have heated grips it'd be unbearable. Could have only been worse if it snowed.

But I survived and added a few more ammonites to the collection! Yay!

"Hi I'm a hypothetical Kosmoceras!"

Thursday, 4 October 2012


The prehistoric squid with a shell!

"I am cute AND deadly! ...but mostly cute."

After watching this I have decided I am more afraid of squid than any kind of shark any day. Fascinating creatures but the intro made me lol so hard... "alien creatures!" and then the red neck fisherman came in... "Yeehaw I caught me a jumbo squid! Now how do I eat it?" Awesome.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012


Long time no update, I know. Lots of stress in life suddenly gone so that leaves more room for art! Yay!

Went to the local gem and mineral show and brought home a few good finds. I am slightly obsessed with ammonites. I know they are one of the most common fossils out there but they are also some of the prettiest when polished. And a dragoness likes her pretties.

The one I picked up had a lot of red iridescence in it despite being sold as just a regular ammonite. I just love it so much! My head just swims with what these prehistoric cephalopods looked like! A lot of images out there have them looking like our modern day throwback the nautilus. Following that theme I bring you a theoretical ammonite!


There's all sorts of these creatures! Straight ones and partially uncoiled ones. It gets pretty weird. I wonder what they all looked like and what they ate. I searched the internets for any kind of preserved soft body tissue fossil but so far I haven't found any hints to what their squishy parts really looked like! All that gets preserved is their shells. So really, the sky is the limit, or in this case, the imagination!