Bill – Thanks for both the comments and the feedback on this new commenting system. I took the liberty of deleting your first comment just now, since that seemed to be your desire, but it’s a little surprising that you can’t do so yourself. In a second I’ll open another browser where I’m not logged in and try that out myself.
In regards to “fossils of the wind,” thanks for doing what I should’ve and looking for literal applications! It’s maybe a slight stretch to call them fossils, though, I suppose – is a footprint in stone referred to as a fossil? Still, very cool. And your description of the herpetarium was very lyrical, if sad.
Hope you weren’t too frustrated looking for that essay; it was actually toads rather than frogs (biologically, there’s no difference). Here ’tis: Some Thoughts on the Common Toad