By Richard Arnold Davis, David L. Meyer
The sector round Cincinnati, Ohio, is understood during the global for the considerable and lovely fossils present in limestones and shales that have been deposited as sediments at the sea ground in the course of the Ordovician interval, approximately 450 million years in the past -- a few 250 million years ahead of the dinosaurs lived. In Ordovician time, the shallow sea that lined a lot of what's now the North American continent teemed with marine lifestyles. The Cincinnati sector has yielded a few of the world's so much considerable and best-preserved fossils of invertebrate animals comparable to trilobites, bryozoans, brachiopods, molluscs, echinoderms, and graptolites. So well-known are the Ordovician fossils and rocks of the Cincinnati quarter that geologists use the time period "Cincinnatian" for strata of an identical age in all places North the US. This booklet synthesizes greater than a hundred and fifty years of analysis in this fossil treasure-trove, describing and illustrating the fossils, the lifestyles behavior of the animals represented, their groups, and dwelling kinfolk, in addition to the character of the rock strata in which they're stumbled on and the environmental stipulations of the traditional sea.
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T h e c o l l e c t i o n c a m e w i t h s o m e m o n e y to p r o v i d e for a curatorial posit i o n a n d for p a l e o n t o l o g i c a l p u b l i c a t i o n s . The first holder of the curatorial p o s i t i o n w a s C a r r o l l L a n e F e n t o n , w h o w e n t o n t o write, a l o n g w i t h his w i f e , w h a t is arguably t h e b e s t b o o k of its t i m e for a m a t e u r fossil c o l l e c t o r s ( F e n t o n a n d F e n t o n 1958). T h e late K e n n e t h E. C a s t e r w a s also a w e l l - k n o w n F a b e r c u r a t o r .
B e c a u s e t h e C i n c i n n a t i r e g i o n w a s o n e o f t h e b i r t h - Sharonville as an p l a c e s o f m o d e r n g e o l o g i c a l s c i e n c e , w e w i l l e x p l o r e the early history o f tional, educa- geological park s t u d y o f t h e fossils a n d r o c k s h e r e i n t h e f o l l o w i n g c h a p t e r . where visitors can learn about the geology ogy. paleontol- The park has easy access, and Ordovician and parking includes space, interpretive signage and in situ fossil shell pave- ment.
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A Sea without Fish: Life in the Ordovician Sea of the Cincinnati Region (Life of the Past) by Richard Arnold Davis, David L. Meyer