David Melson

Picturing the Past 12: Snaky situation

Posted Tuesday, June 9, 2009, at 9:58 AM
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  • Yep, sure looks like a rattlesnake to me. Through the years I have come to believe there are all kinds of rattlesnakes-----black rattlesnakes, green rattlesnakes, multi-colored rattlesnakes, night crawler rattlesnakes, catalpa rattlesnakes, etc.

    -- Posted by leeiii on Tue, Jun 9, 2009, at 11:07 AM
  • To me they're all rattlesnakes until proven otherwise....

    I'm the only person I know who would have run from the rock when I saw it.

    -- Posted by Tim Baker on Tue, Jun 9, 2009, at 8:49 PM
  • orthocone cephalopod fossils are common in the strata between the nashville basin and the highland rim plateau. these animals had tubular, segmented shells that tapered to a point, and soft bodies. tentacles grew out of their heads which protruded from the large end of the shell.

    mostly only the shells fossilized, and some are as much as 4 feet long. the living animal would have been about 8 feet long. modern desendents include cuttlefish & octopi. these animals were probably the fiercest hunters of the ordovician seas.

    -- Posted by lazarus on Tue, Jun 9, 2009, at 10:17 PM
  • Huh?

    -- Posted by leeiii on Wed, Jun 10, 2009, at 10:51 AM
  • these animals were probably the fiercest hunters of the ordovician seas.

    Yeah, no doubt more fierce than those in Bedford Lake, or even the Duck Pond.

    -- Posted by ilikeoldsongs on Wed, Jun 10, 2009, at 12:03 PM
  • "Huh?"

    orthocone means straight shell. cephalopods are a group of animals, today including octopi, squid, cuttlefish, and the only currently extant shelled cephalopod i know of, the nautilus, which has a coiled shell. orthocone cephalopods came first, developing during the ordovician period (between the cambrian and the silurian). cephalopod means 'head-foot', sort of appropriate since they all have tentacles growing out of their heads. modern cephalopods are highly intelligent, and it is assumed that their primitive forbears were also intelligent, especially compared to their peers in the ancient seas. they are also skilled hunters today. the most advanced competitors the ordovician cephalopods would have faced were the jawless fish, thus it is easy to see them as the terrors of the seas during their heyday. i have seen numerous orthocone cephalopod fossils in eastern bedford county, even have a few particularly good specimens here at the house. the fossils pictured are clearly orthocone cephalopods.

    i am not sure how they would stack up against the predators in bedford lake (certainly they couldnt have handled the alligator that used to live there).

    ps. before you even think it, i am NOT a geek!

    -- Posted by lazarus on Wed, Jun 10, 2009, at 8:52 PM
  • lazarus Loved the explaination... sound just like my son.

    Don't ever be ashamed of having a High IQ..

    -- Posted by 4fabfelines on Fri, Jun 12, 2009, at 3:10 PM
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