Monday, January 27, 2014

Trilobites ~ Arrowheads ~ Money

 My, Sweet William The Scot's, state fossil is the Trilobite.  The largest Trilobite on display at the Smithsonian Natural History museum is from Ohio.
Ohio designated the Isotelus Trilobite as the official state fossil in 1985.

 The first appearance of trilobites was about 521 million years ago, then they disappeared in the mass extinction about 250 million years ago.
 Even the earliest trilobites had complex, compound eyes with lenses giving superb depth of field and minimal spherical aberration.
Wonder if they saw their extinction coming??
Look at his little eyes.

Well Frankie and Ernie and Lana and Sarge and Lori have been searching everywhere they go in Ohio for a Trilobite fossil for 87 years. 
 Don't know why they can't find one, because my Lee has found cigar boxes full of them over the years. 
Seriously they are hard to find!!!
Lee's grandparents owned a 166 acre farm that sat in Warren County, Ohio. 
Glaciers in North America came down that far.
(As cold as this winter has been another one is probably forming.  Visit Frankie tomorrow to hear about how cold Icebox, Ohio has gotten. )
 On the very back acre was a hillside that is said a glacier formed and pushed all these fossils onto.
Good for nothing but finding treasures for Lee as a child.
 These fossils sell from $4,000 down to a few dollars.
My Lee has given away boxes to museums and history rooms.
Frankie mentioned Trilobites to me last year when we visited and we told them we had given all ours away.
Well Lee was wrong.  One box had fallen down in the insulation of our attic.
So Frankie & Ernie and Sarge you are each getting one Trilobite.
.  Lee found Indian arrow heads.  Fort Ancient is a name for a Native American culture that flourished from 1000-1750.  It is believed to be of the Hopewell culture.  Fort
Ancient sits in Warren County, so these arrowheads probably came from them.
This is truly a gorgeous big arrowhead spear, the best Lee ever found.
 Old 1800 pennies and fossils.
Look how big pennies use to be.
Someone shot a hole in this Canadian 1842 Penny!
Lee found old money on the hillside also.
Why look at the size of this tooth fossil.  Why I, Sweet William The Scot, would be one bite for a mouth with that tooth.

You can go and  thank Frankie, Ernie and Lana for this boring history post.
Do you look for things when you walk?
Tell me what your best ever find was!!!
Thanks for being a friend
Traveling down the road and back again
Your heart is true and your a friend of mine
Signing Off
Sweet William The Scot 


  1. those were cool that one box was missed :)

  2. Those are some pawsome finds over the years and the coin is amazing. Wonder what the history behind it is?
    Have a marvellous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

  3. Oh my dad would love this post, he is always looking for arrowheads, our moms friend has a HUGE collection of them, because of where we live peoples looks for them all the time here.
    stella rose

  4. WE are NOT bored in the LEAST... we Love HISTORY.. pawhaps beclaws our Peeps are Old Fossils themselves.
    We know you are teasing about the Fossil TOOTH beclaws THOSE are thingys that we HAVE found.. they are RUGOSA... a type of CORAL.
    We think Trilobites are just the coolest thingys.
    We wonder if the Polar Vortex is what killed them all off? HOPE NOT or WE are DOOMED since it is headed our way... AGAIN.
    HEY... what is this we hear about it getting up to nearly 60 at your place yesterday?? WE only had 28 degrees HERE on our SNOW COVERED HILL. AND it is only SIX (6°) degrees right NOW... and Falling..
    Whine Whimper WHINE.
    Stay WARM and SAFE dear furend... Cuddle up with Miss Lee and keep HER warm.

    1. That is not Rugosa Coral ~ It is a real tooth fossil! There is another tooth in the picture.

  5. I think our state fossil is my Mom and Dad.

    Not only were the pennies bigger, they were copper. Now they're made out of mystery metal.

  6. My mom is a fossil, BOL. We really enjoy looking at those things.

  7. Rong-rang-RING...gosh, how do you work this thing? Hello? Hello...Sir William, are you there? Well, this fine history lesson has made Ma curious as to what the State Fossil is of Florida. is some kind of coral. Surprise, surprise...NOT! How boring. Yours sounds far more interesting. I cannot believe your Lee was such a collector (hoarder) of ancient artifacts. We don't collect anything (but dust) around here. One time, while we were walking, we did find a dollar looked like another doggie had pee'd on it...I wouldn't go near it; Ma picked it up. BOL!
    Happy Monday, my friend. I hope all is well.

  8. I found pee mail but my mom went to Ohio many,many, many years ago and saw your Serpent Mounds and Pyramid Mounds. She also finds 4 leaf clover. It all starts with beliving you will find........
    Thanks for the history and the pictures. Sad that they are no longer with us.

    1. Bentley your Mom came to Ohio many years ago and she never came back ~ well what did Ohio do to her that she did not want to return.
      Thanks for stopping by

  9. What treasures! SHE was always looking for arrow heads as a kid, and remembers field trips in college to look at trilobites.

    SHE only ever found railroad spikes from the Civil War.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  10. We loved the history lesson! My mum found a $20 bill in the yard when she took be out the other day. She felt bad since there was no way to know who lost it. I told her she should buy treats for me with it and then it would sorta be like paying it forward...

    Edgar and his mum

  11. WOW, you gots lots of interesting things there buddy, lee must really be a what a be arch-e-o-ollie-i-just. Only fossil around our place is Dad!

    The Mad Scots

  12. Wow - your mom has found some really cool stuff over the years, William!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

  13. Hey Sweet William!
    Wow, your Mom is so sweet to share a trilobite with my Mom and Mamaw! Tell her we said thanks so very much. They really are cool and we love history in this house. I mostly find old bones and sometimes bear poop. Alas, it isn't historical or valuable except to me. BOL Mom's thrilled so thanks again, my furiends!
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, Pol Comm

  14. Very interesting thanks for sharing.

    Aroo to you,

  15. Wow, that's some cool stuff! The coolest thing my momma has ever found a Chinese coin.

  16. Sweet William that was a super fascinating and informative post. I had no idea your state was so famous for those wonderful wee trilobites. Lee must have vey 'good eyes' to find so many. Oh Lucky, lucky, lucky Frankie, Ernie, and Sarge, to be the recipients of such special treasures from the early earth's history. They must be thrilled to bits.
    Toodle pip!

  17. It's so nice to have found your blog - Sweet William is adorable! We enjoy fossil hunting too; and we're lucky to have an extremely old river running through our town that's loaded with fossils. Tons of people have been hunting there and still it continues to yield more and more. Every good rain exposes even more in the high dirt walls along the banks, but panning in the river itself always turns up trilobites, shark teeth, and lots more. I have found a Native American grinding tool, but so far no arrowheads (which I'm determined to find someday!). I think hunting for the past is so much fun!

  18. Wow SW, we are suppose to have a dinosaur fossil thing on our beach, you can only see it when the tide is out :) xxooxxxx

    Mollie and Alfie

  19. I don't think it is boring at all. Thanks so much for sharing!

  20. That is so cool!! Thanks for sharing with us...we never find anything that cool when we dig!

    Wyatt and Stanzie

  21. That is so cool and very interesting
    Your girl Jazzi

  22. Boring? BORING?! WE LOVE HISTORY!!! and we LOVED this post!!
    Wally & Sammy

  23. Wow William that was a super post. I love to hear about old things and history. We found some old fossils too but they are not as interesting as yours. I look always for things when we are outside but mostly the staff dislikes the treasures I've found.

  24. Sw. William my mom loves collecting shells when she walks on the beach. The collection of arrow heads is most impressive.
    Hugs madi your bfff

  25. Mommy found a $5 bill not too long ago it was a windy day butt she managed to stomp on it as it was blowing by.

  26. We are always looking for stuff when we walk! Shane looks for toys and I look for treats!! His dad use to collect this kind of stuff and old keys. Fun isn't it to see what you can find!!

  27. Sweet William, I did not have a clue what trilobites were...thank you so much for the history lesson! We think it's amazing you found so many cool things...and you shared them with your community. I didn't even know each state had it's own fossil. Off to google...

  28. Wow those are so cool and thank you for showing them. We have petoskey stones in Michigan and Mommy found a tiny one just once so far. They are really cool also.

    Loveys Sasha