Ring gear emerges from the junkyard soil like Australopithecus bone

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Ring gear emerges from the junkyard soil like Australopithecus bone

What will future archeologists make of finds such as this one in Colorado?

Murilee Martin

It would have been better to photograph this gear with a 120-year-old camera, but I was out of film when I found it.

A few months ago, as I roamed a Denver-area self-service junkyard with a 100-year-old German film camera and a portrait-lens attachment, looking for interesting close-ups to shoot, I spotted this: the edge of a ring gear out of a differential assembly, buried in the mud during a High Plains rainstorm and then revealed due to erosion later on. It looked like the sort of thing one might find at Olduvai Gorge.

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Murilee Martin

Unfortunately, I’d shot the last exposure on my film roll of this transmission and had no film left for the ring gear.

Toolmaking proto-humans start out with stone choppers, move up to hand axes, and next thing you know, they’re building Dana 60s! I thought of returning with another roll of film but decided that soulless 21st-century digital technology would be sufficient for capturing this sight.

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Murilee Martin

Can anyone identify the source of this gear?

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