|The roadcut is to the immediate right, just behind the hill.|
My excuse was where he went was too dangerous for dogs, so I had to dogsit. The truth was that I was still somewhat overcome by the rich creme brulee I'd had for dinner the night before to do much of anything. That stuff will make you just a bit lethargic, and I think the cure is more creme brulee, a theory I'll go test this evening.
|The strata of the Wellsville Mountains were tipped high to the sky, almost vertical, by the Sevier Orogeny about 80 million years ago.|
Anyway, it's funny how things happen sometimes. I was in the parking lot of Kirkham's Outdoor Store in downtown Salt Lake City a few years back, talking to a fellow shopper about geology, and he happened to casually mention that there's this cool road cut above Logan that has fossils.
I recall telling my brother about it, never dreaming we'd be there some day fossicking in person. He hadn't even considered going to Utah State for his graduate work at that time, mostly because he was still working on his undergrad degree.
|A zoomed-in photo of my brother on his way back. I wondered why he was walking sort of sideways—I had no idea he was carrying about 80 pounds of rock in his pack.|
But there we were, me hanging out in a field below the highway while he hung out on the steep roadcut, looking for fossils. And find them he did, fossils a good 300 million years old, formed in Pennsylvanian Limestone during the time of the Cambrian Sea.
The fossils were for a class he's taking in invertebrate paleontology and will be donated to the Utah State University geology museum.
|The top of the roadcut|
|A Cambrian brachiopod shell|
|Cambrian coral with a brachiopod in the center|