And We Are As Brief

Fossil antlerAt the base of a sandy slope lay shattered antlers. I picked them up; they were stone.

Fossil bone lay all over, a jaw with a row of tooth sockets, an ungulate’s durable knucklebone. The antlers belonged to a proto-antelope. The weight of overlying strata had cracked them, but old rain, bearing minerals in solution, had mended the cracks. I found the tiny parallel tracks left by the incisors of that briefest being, a mouse or vole.

These sediments are slightly over two million years old.


One thought on “And We Are As Brief”

  1. Wonderful words as always. Keep reporting on your observations. Often you see and interpret what we can’t.

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