Introducing: the Specimen Series- Jasper

Maxeville Biological Field Study- Day 42 
September 15, 1812


  Upon arriving in Maxington Woods Site #1, I noticed something peculiar. A plethora of little purple stones were scattered about on the mossy floor of this ancient woodland. All around me, the forest seemed to emanate a low sort of contented chirruping. The only noticeable movement was that of tree branches swaying back and forth with the weight of the recently discovered Onyx Libropillar. I paid this no mind. The only thing that mattered was the chirruping. Of all of the times this exact location had been studied, never had there been such a sound. 

The moss scent seemed to hang heavier in the air than it had previously. This was my first clue that something in the flora of the woodlands had changed. I have since discovered through further analysis that mid September seems to be a reproductive season for the microspecies of moss that inhabits a very small portion of the woods. 

Crouching down to get a closer look, I realized the chirrup was becoming more audible. Seeing nothing in particular to investigate, I made to pick up a stone. As my fingertip made contact, it flinched. To my astonishment, what I thought were purple stones were actually little creatures! Approximately 2.5 inches in diameter and height, these little fellows were the source of the chirrup. It appears as though they feed on the new growth of the moss, which has a calming effect on them. Their usual diet also includes local fruits and nuts, but it seems that they prefer the culinary delicacy of the fresh moss. 

Once they were aware of my existence they became quite curious. In fact, they seem to enjoy- and even find it amusing- to spend time with me in the lab as I monitor a group of them, provided that each bio-container is well stocked with moss. 

Included are some of my notes and a photograph of the Specimen.

M. Smith

Hypothetical Skeletal Structure