|Ren holds and Ediacharan rock she collected|
"right in the middle of the old volcanic arc that started occurring about 250 million years ago and made the Sierras and Transverse ranges. When all that magma came up through the preexisting rocks, it cooked the hell out of them and destroyed any fossils."
|Nemiana simplex(left) and Aspidella terranovica (right)|
Ren added that these rocks are rare because,
"they are some of the very first soft-bodied complex organisms on earth that began evolving from microbe colonies about 600 million years ago. Because they were soft-bodied, they are almost never preserved in the fossil record. These fossil organisms are only found in a few places in the world. These may be some of the first of these kind reported in the Mojave and are certainly some of the best preserved in 3 dimensions of anywhere in the world."Ren has a way of speaking about these creatures and the wonders around us that is inviting as you can see from the crowd of shoes around her.
Everyone is welcome to join the community at Sunday breakfast, which starts at 9:00 a.m. and continues until people start petering out, sometimes as late as noon or 1 p.m. Breakfast starts at $3.50 and well drinks and beer at $2. James makes a mean bloody mary.