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    Here it is, irrefutable proof positive that some kind of prehistoric ancestors played stringed instruments with picks! I found this fossil pick a couple of days ago in the woods behind the shop. I haven't bothered to look up the age of the layers of limestone here, but that info would positively date the advent of picks as we know them today being before that time in prehistory. Pretty exciting!
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    Of course, it could have been a crude arrowhead.
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    Ah yes, clear evidence of Homo Plectrus!
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    I bet they played rock music😉
    Sorry, I couldn’t resist!

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    Is that a medium, heavy, or an extra heavy? Nylon, delrin, celluloid, or fossilized giant aardvark tusk?

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    Only a fossil of a BC would survive that long.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rcc56 View Post
    Is that a medium, heavy, or an extra heavy? Nylon, delrin, celluloid, or fossilized giant aardvark tusk?
    I'm going with fossilized giant aardvark tusk.

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    I found it John. It was in my Altoids pick box:

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    You must have been a young man when you put it in that box, Jim!

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    The group was known as the Flint-Stones. A gnarly bunch of kids banned from home by their parents for playing with Fire, another band now lost to time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rcc56 View Post
    Is that a medium, heavy, or an extra heavy? Nylon, delrin, celluloid, or fossilized giant aardvark tusk?
    It's obvious that it was made from some scarce natural material and was dropped during a jam session putting an immediate stop to the music while all the pickers searched in vain for the dropped pick. It was then covered by sediment for about 485 million years.

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    Must'a been the aardvark, then. Or perhaps a saber tooth rabbit. Kentucky is too far south for the abdominabuble snowman.

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    Keith Richards' first plectrum...?

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    Some years ago I bought a (fossilized?) shark's tooth at a flea market - it was the right size and shape for mandolin pickin', and it was just so totally badass, y'know?

    The sucker cut through the strings like a hot knife through butter. And I *do* mean *cut* the strings...

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    Love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunburst View Post
    Here it is, irrefutable proof positive that some kind of prehistoric ancestors played stringed instruments with picks! I found this fossil pick a couple of days ago in the woods behind the shop. I haven't bothered to look up the age of the layers of limestone here, but that info would positively date the advent of picks as we know them today being before that time in prehistory. Pretty exciting!
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