ear wearing an ammonite fossil earring

I don’t often wear earrings anymore. I feel like I hardly ever leave the house anymore and when I do, it just doesn’t occur to me to put some on before I head out.

I remember when I first got my ears pierced, in college, after I was 18, it was a big deal. I was so excited to finally join the ranks of my friends and be able to adorn my body with this extra jewelry. Over time, the items of jewelry that I wore diminished, the earrings were the last to go. I still occasionally put some on and when I do, my favorites are the ammonite fossils that I bought at the Renaissance Festival in Larkspur Colorado.

I’ve always loved fossilized things and handmade jewelry, hence a perfect combination, wrapped into a single item that I can wear.

But, the real reason I think these specific earrings are so cool is because I’m wearing around a small remnant of a creature that has no idea or comprehension of what I am. The distance, in time and space from an ammonite to me, is massive.

Ammonoids are an extinct group of marine mollusc animals in the subclass Ammonoidea of the class Cephalopoda. These molluscs, commonly referred to as ammonites, are more closely related to living coleoids (i.e., octopuses, squid, and cuttlefish) than they are to shelled nautiloids such as the living Nautilus species. The earliest ammonites appear during the Devonian, and the last species died out in the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event.

from Wikipedia

The Devonian period ended 358.9 million years ago, and the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event happened approximately 66 million years ago. So that means, that I’m wearing around a fossil from somewhere between 358.9 million years old to 66 million years old. That’s almost hard to fathom for me, imagine the ammonite trying to understand that time frame and comprehend what kind of creature I am, wearing their fossilized body around.

The reason I love this thought process, is because it gives me hope, that someday, just maybe, some creature that I can’t even comprehend will be wearing around a fossilized bone of me as decoration on their body, some hundreds of millions of years from now. I can’t even fathom what that creature might look like or be because the distance in time, evolution, and perhaps even species is as great as the distance between the ammonite and me.

Posted by:Anna Andrews-Mills

Living and working at the foot of Pikes Peak. Exploring art, writing, gardening, coding, cooking, and occasionally exercise.

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