In 1993, a newly
discovered colorful agate field was announced by one of Georgia's most celebrated prospectors and gemologists, who has previously
produced other rare finds of precious metals and gemstone. He has given the new jasper/agate stone a nickname of Georgia "Gizzard
Stone," - due to the large amount of fossil shapes and egg shapes included in the find, which appear to be dinosaur remains.
When wet the combination of different colors that are accented with various tones of red resemble raw meat or red berries.
These would have been tempting snacks for either the carnivorous or herbivorous dinosaurs.
The northwestern Georgia location contains identifiable
rock from the geologic time table called the "Mesozoic Era," between 70 and 225 million years ago. The area, now of ridge
and valley terrain, was originally low lying land and the shore of a great sea, at the time when large herds of dinosaurs
roamed widespread over the earth. Their traces of fossilized remains - eggs, bones, parts of bones, teeth, tusks, skin plates,
as well as gastroliths (Gizzard Stones) have been unearthed from their previously known habitats, nesting areas, and on their
travel routes such as China.
Many fossil samples (Petrified Stones) collected at the Georgia location resemble the above mentioned examples including
several egg-shaped nodules corresponding to cantaloupe size, shape, and composition of dinosaur eggs (i.e. What appear to
be yolks and embryo shapes shown by bisect cuts). One joint shape has a cross shaped outline similar to a calcium buildup
protruding above the surface. This is possibly due to a knee or arm injury. It also happens when there is restrictive limb
movement due to aging.
Other strong support for the Georgia probable dinosaur site developed August, 1995
when the Paleontology
Department of the Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain) reported the discovery of a giant Rookery of beach dwelling dinosaurs
unearthed in the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains, 60 miles west of Barcelona (Spain) and about 90 miles inland from the
Mediterranean coast. This Spanish site, which was also an ancient seashore, contains an estimated 300,000 cantaloupe size
fossilized eggs on its once sandy beaches. In addition to reports from Spanish and French researchers, and British Journal
"Nature," a spokesman of the American Museum
of Natural History stated "This is the first time that anyone has documented dinosaurs living on the seashore."1
A further reflection for
the credibility of the Georgia site is its geographical location, in coincidence, like the Spanish cache, as well
as two other important caches in China and Mongolia
all are located at a latitude between the 30 and 45 degree parallels. An easy assumption for all four having identical locations
in relation to the equator would be that the herds traveled along the same equatorial line for the benefit of consistent climate
and vegetation for food.
This Jasper gemstone, taken from the "Gizzard Stone" site, runs
in a natural bonanza of permanent colors in deep shades of purple, red, burnt orange, mustard yellow, black, rust, and white
breccia. Basically, it has all the qualities and properties of quartz, but composed of sub-microscopic quartz grains, which
afford an excellent hardness and durability. This hand-made jewelry is a unique "Piece of Georgia."
"Georgiassic Fossils History" Rewritten by courtesy of C.R. Smith, Prospector's
Pouch, Inc. Hand-made Jewelry and Custom Designs, Kennesaw, Georgia 800-426-6481; 770-427-6481 by Mr. John McCain.
1 The Atlanta
Journal/The Atlanta Constitution, News, August 31,