|The mysterious fossil from Ohio. Ron Fine is|
on the right and Professor Meyer on the left
Even if the species is unidentifiable, the group is often immediately apparent: ammonites or trilobites are very distinctive. If you know a bit about the geology of the rocks from which you have collected your specimens, bones can be placed, with some degree of certainty, with reptilian or mammalian owners.
|One of the pieces of Godzillus held by Meyer (above on the left)|
These were eventually identified as being made by ammonites caught in the rough tides of the area, which had rolled along the bottom of the lagoon on their edges. Now a fossil has been found which, so far, is unidentifiable. An amateur palaeontologist, Ron Fine, excavating in the 45 million year old Cincinnati region in Ohio uncovered the remains of a 7 foot, long, 68 kilogram, roughly elliptical organism composed of multiple lobes. 'I knew right away that I had found an unusual fossil,'
Fine said, 'Imagine a saguaro cactus with flattened branches and horizontal stripes in place of the usual vertical stripes. That's the best description I can give.' The specimen, nicknamed Godzillus ('like Godzilla, it's a primordial beast that found its way to the modern era'), so far does not fit within a particular group of organisms. 'It's definitely a new discovery,' said David L. Meyer from the University of Cincinnati geology department. 'And we're sure it's biological.
The only reason why the specimen was identified as a fossil was due to a series of ridged patterns on the surface. Meyer stated that it reminded him of goose-flesh. We just don't know yet exactly what it is.' Fine has said that the shape reminds him of the way branching corals and weeds go with the flow of currents in a stream or river; a florid description yet still no name.