Normally, when scientists find fossils, the calcified bones are alone, left where they died as the herd ran off. But for a pair of turtles living in Germany 47 million years ago, they died in each others turtle embrace and have been forever preserves in congress.
The residents of a tiny town in Canada noticed strange patterns in the rock that had recently been becoming more exposed around their little town. What they found was an ancient sea bed, complete with imprints of the oldest fossilized multicellular life ever seen on Earth.
Like many kids, when I used to dig in the dirt, imagining that I would find a fossil or dinosaur bone, just right there, a few inches below the dirt where my stick would reach. Five year old Emily Baldry from the UK did just that. There she was, just digging away with her little shovel, when she hit upon a 160 million year old Rieneckia odysseus fossil from the Jurassic period. She named the fossil “Spike”.