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Grandma decides to break open rock she’s had for 45 years
She had her suspicions and turns out she was right. 😲
Eduardo Gaskell
04.27.22

“Hold onto your butts.”

Says Samuel L. Jackson’s character, Ray Arnold, in the first Jurassic Park film. There are so many memorable lines from that classic. Lines we can use for this video.

Grandma has held on to a sandstone rock for 45 years. The age of the said rock is unknown but the entire family has come out to try and break it open.

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Is that a good idea?

Too late. They hold the rock, gently tapping and hammering on the surface, waiting to see if a crack forms. Grandma has it rotated so the force is distributed evenly.

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“Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.”

That’s a line from actor Jeff Goldblum’s beloved character from the movie, Ian Malcolm.

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And while grandma and her family aren’t scientists, maybe they should have consulted the experts before attempting to open the rock that they think could be holding a prehistoric creature inside.

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But it’s sandstone! Geology has more on what it is.

“Sandstone is a sedimentary rock composed of sand-size grains of mineral, rock, or organic material. It also contains a cementing material that binds the sand grains together and may contain a matrix of silt- or clay-size particles that occupy the spaces between the sand grains.”

“Sandstone is one of the most common types of sedimentary rock, and it is found in sedimentary basins throughout the world. Deposits of sand that eventually form sandstone are delivered to the basin by rivers, but may also be delivered by the action of waves or wind. Some sand grains might be organic particles, such as sand and shell debris produced within the basin.”

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So will all that hammering reveal a secret?

A crack begins to form and you can hear the excitement in their voices as grandma pinpoints the spot where she should be hammering. That’s definitely a crack!

And you can hear how it sounds hollow in certain places too.

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From a thicker thunk to a lighter clink, the rock begins to seize under pressure with bits falling off. Grandma hammers away and son, the rock splits into 4 pieces.

“Life finds a way.”

Except what they find inside is a crayfish. It’s fossilized though so that’s really cool to see!

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They begin brushing and polishing to further expose the fossil. What’s really cool about all this is the fact that all of them, the entire family, are together in this.

They’re super excited.

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“You can really see the colors coming out now.” says someone behind the camera.

Even a guy who looks like he plays in an 80’s rock band is very curious about the crayfish. It is very rock and roll!

The fossilized freshwater crustacean begins to reveal itself. And to think grandma had it for 45 years. Who knows what else she’s got hiding in that basement of hers?

Hit play below and see how they crack open grandma’s rock!

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By Eduardo Gaskell
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Eduardo Gaskell is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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