THANK YOU for visiting Heartless Machine's fossil department! Currently, we are sold out of fossils. We will be away at the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair for a little bit, but will have fresh fossils available for purchase before the end of July. In the meantime, if you have a request, feel free to email us about commissioning your own piece. Thank you for your patience!
These are modern fossils. They are made from actual archaic technology that was once cutting-edge. Most of these examples were discovered in the United States, although the various species are represented all over the world. It is sad, but most of these units lived very short lives. Most people attribute the shortened lifespan to aggressive predators or accelerated evolution, but this is not necessarily true. It has been shown recently that the true demise of most of these specimens came from runaway consumerism and wastefulness at the high end of the food chain.
There are a very limited number of fossils available for sale. Once they are gone, there is no certainty of when they will return or in what quantities. Don't delay!
This is an early example of the "game controller" unit, specifically from the mid 1980s. Earliest examples of this species appear in Japan, but quickly spread throughout the United States and the rest of the world within only 2 or 3 years.
This species was first seen in the mid 1960s, when people referred to it as a "cassette" or "tape", but it is not widespread until the 1970s. Similar to Repondecium antiquipotacium, it is thought that the "compact disc" lead to the decline in the Asportatio acroamatis population in the late 1990s. Asportatio has often been found in close proximity to Ambulephebus sonysymphonia, suggesting a close relationship between the two species.
First seen around 1989, this Dexteludicrum (or Game Boy) has been found throughout the world. The Dexteludicrum obviously shares some of the same traits as Dominaludus, but includes some extra components.
First seen in the mid-1990s, this Ludustatarium (also called "Dual Shock" or "Playstation Controller") has been found throughout the world. Similar in origin and function to the Dominaludus Nintendicus, the Ludustatarium is obviously a more complex evolution of the form.
Ambulephebus sonysymphonia is first found in the late 1970s, and was known as "a Walkman". It is often found in close proximity to Asportatio acroamatis, suggesting a possible symbiotic relationship. This species rapidly evolved into many other forms, including a large round version (Ambulephebus discus) and the rare Ambulephebus minidiscus.
It is theorized that the entire genus of Ambulephebus was virtually wiped out by the sudden appearance of Egosiliqua Malusymphonicus near the turn of the century. Some Ambulephebus remain, but not in the numbers once seen.
This particular species evolved fairly quickly from much larger ancestors. First seen in the mid 1980s, examples are rare, but by the mid 1990s, they became very abundant. They became very scarce and almost extinct by the early part of the next century. Some speculate the recordable compact disk had a hand in the demise of the Repondicium antiquipotacium.
Egosiliqua malusymphonicus (commonly known as iPod) is first seen in 2001 and remains today in several forms, most closely resembling this one. Some speculate it evolved from Ambulephebus sonysymphonia, while others suspect Egosiliqua was the natural predator whose presence led to the eventual extinction of Ambulephebus.
First appearing around 1900, this "rotary phone" stuck around for a long time. Although the circumdactylos has since become almost extinct, it is still a recognizeable icon, and images of it are still common today.
Circumdactylos presumably gave its place in the food chain to Deferovoculae cellarius, which has itself become endangered, being driven out by a mutated Egosiliqua malusymphonicus.
The "Boom Box" has predominantly been found in very close proximity to Asportatio acroamatis, and it seems possible that it is a distant relative of Ambulephebus sonysymphonia. Although not as mobile as Ambulephebus, the Bombus seems to perform a similar function.
Anaticula persequor is more commonly known as "Duck Hunt Gun" or "Nintendo Zapper." This specimen is seen most often alongside Dominaludus nintendicus, although it is unclear exactly what their relationship was. Fossil records imply that this species was an isolated occurrence, seemingly without a predecessor or any significant offspring.
This is a "superintendo" fossil is sometimes called "SNES." This specimen follows a normal evolution from its predecessor, Dominaludus nintendicus. Although supernintendicus did not eradicate nintendicus, it took its place in the food chain, and made survival very difficult for old nintendicus. Supernintendicus was very short-lived, though, as it was quickly replaced by the next step in evolution, the Dominaludus sexagentaquad, or N64.
Here we have a remarkable example of a "Nintendo 64" or "N64" fossil. This specimen continues evolution from its predecessors, Dominaludus nintendicus and supernintendicus. This particular species appeared shortly after, and contributed directly to the demise of supernintendicus. As you can see, comparing the 3 different species side-by-side, there is a clear pattern emerging, with forms becoming rounder and more complex. Incredibly, this pattern continues through the emergence of the gamecube, and then Dominaludus reverts drastically back to a shape remarkably similar to the original nintendicus. We at HeartlessMachine are baffled.
One of our earliest specimens, the Hilarofustis atrium (or Atari Joystick) occupies the same place on the food chain as Dominaludus, but predates it by several years. Examples of this particular species are somewhat rare, especially today, as so many other species have come to take its place.