That is so Science
I love science. Everything about it is just awesome. I’m not a scientist by training. I’m a historian. So, it’s safe to say I’m a pure fanboy, rather than being “on the field”.
And it seems my love has passed on to my six year old. He got into trouble recently with his Grammy over mixing together very expensive beauty products. When asked if he had anything to say for himself, he replied, “I’m disappointed it didn’t turn blue like I wanted.”
So, we look for things to do together along those lines. I love fossils and in case you didn’t know, Ohio is a huge fossil hunter state having been covered at one time by a shallow, warm sea. There are actually places here where you can go and chisel fossils out of the cliffs.
Turns out, we didn’t even need to go there. My wife and I bought a house in Columbus that was built in 1929. Someone around that time built a fountain/pond area in the back corner of the yard. Now, it’s a garden for us, but the original stones are still there.
One day, my son and I decided to take a closer look at the stones. We were both thrilled to find that they were chock full of fossils having been taken out of one the previously mentioned fossil beds.
And so we found this one:
As I said, I’m a science fanboy, so I had no idea what kind of fossil this was. So, since my ministry is with college students from Ohio State, I decided to email the professors in the geology department.
“Your fossil is a snail, probably Pleuronotus. I’m guessing that it comes orginally from the Columbus Limestone. (Devonian, about 395 million years old)”
My son couldn’ t believe that he was holding a rock that old in his hands and that you could make a living studying fossils. His response?
“That is so science.”
I’m making plans to attend the Nobel Prize for Science awards in about thirty years.