I felt the moral obligation to respond to a senior biology student’s Facebook post. It was a plea for fellow Wooster students to go to Spangler Park and look for salamanders and frogs. there were only about four of us who made it to the trail that day, and after a quick intro on how to find and safely catch our amphibian friends, we were on our way.
After about an hour out and about with many salamanders caught and released (no frogs that day), I found myself drawn to a certain rock. It was smaller than the rocks that normally homed the reptiles we hunted, but I felt drawn to it nonetheless. Underneath this rock was a small black salamander, the exact identification I forget, but on the rock was a small bivalve, likely from the Cambrian Era. The fossil was waiting millions of years to be found but the salamander would not have even been there an hour later and possibly not even an hour before.