I believe this is the first time we’ve had fossils as readers’ wildlife. But remember that fossils once were wildlife, too, and these are particularly good specimens collected and prepared by reader Bruce Thiel.
30-40 million years ago, parts of Oregon and Washington were underwater. Marine animals that fell into the sediment were sometimes fossiized and can be found in the uplifted areas that erode out in streambeds or roadcuts. Six years ago I became interested in collecting and preparing these animals and it has morphed into a retirement project. I do not sell them but hope they will someday go into a museum collection for public display. Here are some of the more interesting ones I’ve uncovered. In the first three photos they are all Pulalius vulgaris including the small one next to the big claw—both found within 50’ of each other.
After the isopod, two Maeandricampus triangulum meet two new Raninid crabs.
The final picture shows a breakdown of the preparation process, done under a microscope with air scribes, which are miniature jack hammers.