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Long time interest in rocks––– DeJoode donates “oldest” artifact to the Tama County Museum

October 29, 2018
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

It's bound to be the oldest thing in this museum," Rosemary DeJoode, Tama, said when she donated a fossil to the Tama County Historical Museum in Toledo last Thursday afternoon.

DeJoode added the fossil, not just anybut one confirmed to be from the Devonian period listed as 375-425 million years ago.

DeJoode admits to being a long time collector of rocks and said her interest was sparked recently while she was "browsing the internet." She came across images appearing to resemble several items she had picked up over the years.

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Rosemary DeJoode, Tama, (right) recently presented one of her “finds” - a fossil as identified by the University of Iowa Paleontology Repository. Museum volunteer Virginia Roberts holds the 375 million year old piece which will be on display at the museum.

Subsequently she submitted photos to the University of Iowa, Iowa?City, for identification, and ended up with the Paleontology Repository.

There, Tiffany Adrain, collections manager examined the photos and in turn, notified DeJoode of the fossils' age.

DeJoode says she used to take walks often along the Iowa River and sand pit area bordering the south edge of Tama. She is certain she discovered the fossils in this area.

She says many in Iowa do not recognize this part of Iowa was underwater and what she says was actually a "swamp" during this bygone time.

During the period 385 million years the oldest fossiled trees were found according to the New Scientist website. It was also the time for numerous fishes, other sea life; many plantand winglessees andwingless insects the Infoplease website reports.

DeJoode credits her interst in aprt to the tiem she spent as an elementary teacher at schools, among them, Montour, St. Patrick School in Tama, and at Brooklyn, Iowa.



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