One of the best things about digging is the fact that once your digging tool hits the dirt you have no idea what you're going to find. The recognizable 'crunch' that's heard when metal meets fossil is just enough to produce tiny little goosebumps and a quick rush that can only come when you know that you've found something. What that something is takes time to uncover and often times is not what it seems at first. A quarter of an inch of exposed fossil could be anything from fossilized tendon, to parts of a skull, a toe, or something bigger like a femur or fibula. That being said, today's 'big finds' did not necessarily come from new finds, but they actually came from previous finds which were as of today, redefined. As Day 4 diggers continued to work on fossils left by Day 2, some suprising discoveries were made...
Surprise # 1: We would like to officially change the classification of Friday’s Scapula to a pubis bone – one of the pelvic or hip bones. This was discovered as the size of the scapula increased while it was being uncovered by a series of folks over the past couple of days. Today it was Sean, Jordan and Jayne who did the final unearthing. You see, digging is a collaborative effort. It might take one person to find a bone but it could possibly take a small village to unearth it.
Surprise # 2: Today’s digging also uncovered more – and finally the end of – Friday’s tibia. Or so we thought. Once again, we would like to change that classification to a large fibula. We’re talking a 3 ½ to 4 foot fibula folks and it’s awesome. Even cooler was the fact that as the fibula was being uncovered, another ‘very large bone’ seemed to be hiding behind it. Stay tuned to see how that one unfolds.
As always, we’re crossing our digits that the blue skies and cool breezes keep up the good work. We could not dig without them.