Thursday, July 4, 2013

Terror Saurus Kite

Here are some pictures of a Terror Saurus™  kite. It appears to be an image of a creature based on the flying reptile Pterodactylus. The Pterodactylus lived in the Jurassic Period and it's fossil forms are found in Bavaria, Germany. An adult was thought to have a wing span of about 1.5 meters.

This kite has a wingspan of just over 1 meter (42 inches). It was manufactured in the United States by Gayla Industries Inc. of Houston, Texas, USA. My kite was bought at a neat little store called HobbyTown USA located off Shelbyville Road, in Louisville, Kentucky (see web page). It costs $2.99 US.

Kites originated in China in maybe 500 B.C. Learn more at Wikipedia.

TM - Gayla Industries Inc.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Pyritized Crinoid Calyx Cup

This fossil appears to be the bottom of a Lyriocrinus calyx cup found in the Waldron Shale of Clark County, Indiana. It is dated to the Middle Silurian Period (425-419 million years ago).  The reason I identified it as Lyriocrinus as I found another cup nearby. The most common crinoid cup found is the Eucalyptocrinus which is this layer's index fossil. Fossil is about 3 cm wide.