Staring at a fossil made flat after millions of years of pressure and mineralization. Consider the awe inspired by witnessing a long-dead organism transformed in stone. Consider the violence distanced from the scene by millions of years. Why does it feel safe to witness this death?
In the Anthropocene, we can already see our geological future written out. In the plastic and radioactive waste that will last indefinitely. In the changed biosphere entirely dominated by humans and our domesticated cohort. The Sixth Mass Extinction left in our wake.
In this fossil record, it'll be the ubiquitous left behind. The ones we can see now.
The pigeon, the rat, the chicken, the toad, the fish.
The Flat Ones.