The Fossil Record Now Includes Outdated Personal Electronics

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I never really thought I'd ever type out the phrase "fossilized Walkman" or "fossilized PlayStation controller" in my lifetime, and yet, here I am Sunday morning, doing just that. Hooray?

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Of course, these specimens aren't really fossils. They're concrete mostly, with cool Latin names, made from molds and with a technique that mimics true fossils. Artist Christopher Locke has also created neat little backstories for each fossil, like this one for the once proud and powerful Ambulephebus sonysymphonia (that's Walkman to we laypeople):

Ambulephebus sonysymphonia is first found in the late 1970s, and is often found in close proximity to Asportatio acroamatis, suggesting a possible symbiotic relationship. This species rapidly evolved into many other forms, including a large round version (Ambulephebus discus) and the rare Ambulephebus minidiscus.

It is theorized that the entire genus of Ambulephebus was virtually wiped out by the sudden appearance of Egosiliqua Malusymphonicus near the turn of the century. Some Ambulephebus remain, but not in the numbers once seen.

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As you can probably guess, that dastardly Egosiliqua Malusymphonicus, the bane of the Walkman's existence, is better known as the iPod.

Other "modern fossils" include the aforementioned controller, a Game Boy, NES controllers (they died side-by-side, *sigh*), a rotary telephone, and a hard drive. [Christopher Locke via Neatorama]

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If you think about it, many modern relics were things that ancient people loved that were buried with them. We are no different, and I am sure that some of you want to be buried with your e-toys, so there is every chance of future archaeologists digging up an IPhone (Relic Generation) and making social commentary about the people who are buried with it. Someday they will theorize about an ancient clan call the "Fanbois" that worshipped a man named His Jobness.