I AM the fossil of a shell. When the little animal inside my shell was alive, many thousands of years ago, I lived in the ocean. Now I am locked up in this storehouse of limestone with many of my neighbors who once lived with me in the sea.
Some of them lived in shells; others were coral; and others lived in stone lilies.
The tiny coral creatures built their beautiful towers in the sea. Living among them were little animals, that built up stone lilies about themselves. These lilies were fastened to the bottom of the sea by long waving stems.
I, too, lived among the coral. I had two shells fastened together like a clam shell.
The shells were beautifully chiseled and were of delicate tints of red, green, yellow, blue, and pink.