Among the Fossils

Buffy and I commonly walk loops around the backyard. The loop passes solitary rocks, piles of rocks … rocks and more rocks.

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This particular loop walk took me by a small pile of fossil rocks. I turned the longest rock over to see what fossils were on the underside, and there was a teeny-tiny spider.

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It’s body was 3/16th of an inch long! The stripes on its abdomen became obvious when I turned the rock toward the sun.


The rock was filled with brachiopods (shells) and the round discs of crinoid stems.

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 It looked as if the spider was over a cavity. I wondered where it would spend the winter. Would it even survive the winter?

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After a little research, I now think it was an immature daddy-long-legs. Its legs were definitely LONG!

I was so surprised to find a spider on the 17th of December, especially such a teeny one.

4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Tree Lover Therese on December 28, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Your curiosity never quits! That’s good!


  2. It’s good to see you out and about. I hope your leg is getting better. I wonder if the sun warms that stone enough to keep the spider warm too. If I was a spider that’s where I’d go!


    • The stone isn’t where it would get much direct sunlight. I gave my son a lot of rocks for Christmas present. They were from his first trout fishing trip to Missouri. I was surprised how many critters I found in the cavities. My leg is still improving. Our weather hasn’t been too inspiring lately.


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