Tuesday, 15 January 2008

New Mythical Flying Trilobite Fossil found!

...and it's on my blog banner.
It seems to be a member of the Ogygopsidae family. Hmm. Wings appear to be mammalian. Someone call Richard Fortey, or Sam Gon III.

12 comments:

Traumador said...

Man oh man,

I wish I could make a big front page discovery like that!

So how do you think this animal came to die and fossilize?

Inability to cope with the appearance of new obstacles to it's once empty open air environment? Like say the evolution of trees?

Granted I don't see any front impact damage from collision with a trunk...

The Flying Trilobite said...

More likely shot down by Atlanteans or Visitors.

Or Tyrannosaurs carrying laser-guns set to 'fricasee'.

Tastes like extra salty lobster.

leslie said...

The Blog Banner rocks, in a most fossilized manner! Just fantastic.
the Sam Gon III website is a treasure. Trilobite of the Month. sweet.

The Flying Trilobite said...

Thanks Leslie! I actually was aiming to make this one look much more rocklike.

I tried to use more earthy colours. I photographed the shale with the light from the window angled at the top, to offset the shadows I painted and highlight the rock texture. Then I used a Photoshop flood filter to give the shadow on the bottom left more depth.

Sam Gon III website is a resource I have used for years. It's awesome. It's my secret dream to have him link to me.

Lim Leng Hiong said...

It looks so realistic, it's almost scary. I love the lighting angle.

The Flying Trilobite said...

Thanks Lim. I aim for "almost scary". "Really scary" would end my ambiguous-ness. ;-)

lunartalks said...

Richard Fortey was on BBC Radio 5 Live's Simon Mayo show today (Friday) waxing very eloquent about Trilobites, the Ordovician, the Natural History Museum (London) and entertaining but sadly truncated stuff.

The Flying Trilobite said...

Really? I wonder if I can find a podcast of that. Nifty.

Is BBC Radio 5 like an educational station, or something?

Peter McGrath said...

You just know some Chinese fossil-faker will be making one of those even as we speak.

Will try to find podcast for you.

5 live: 24 hour news and sport station:
www.bbc.co.uk/radio/5live

The Flying Trilobite said...

No stress, I'll poke around for it.

Thanks Peter!

leslie said...

http://lunartalks.wordpress.com/2008/01/21/calling-jurassic-invert-palaeontologists/

Have any ideas?

The Flying Trilobite said...

I thought maybe Atlanteans. Y'know, those crazy sandals they wore. Yup, it's a fossil of an Atlantean sandal-print.

Another mystery solved.

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