The weather in the Southwest has been unusually warm and sunny for weeks on end, so today Bill & Jill and I went to soak up some sun and search, yet again, for the elusive trilobite Ollenelus, a denizen of the shallow Cambrian seas that were here 550 million years ago. They are the oldest complete fossil specimens in the entire world. No lie kids.
We set off for a rocky peak south of Caliente, Nevada, that had already been scouted on a prior trip, that proved to be very fruitful. Instead of Ollenelus, we found the less well known and more poorly preserved Bathyuriscus productus. I collected a really large tail (1.5 inches) which is pictured below. Nerdvana! The bug that it belonged to would be well nigh over 4 inches long!
The sun felt warm on our winter faces as we ate lunch beneath Joshua trees, while above two fighter jets carried out a mock dog fight, shooting off chaff flares that burned brightly in the clear deep blue of the endless Mojave sky.
Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia)
Back home in Utah