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A Sea without Fish: Life in the Ordovician Sea of the Cincinnati Region,9780253351982

A Sea without Fish: Life in the Ordovician Sea of the Cincinnati Region

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9780253351982

ISBN10:
0253351987
Media:
Hardcover
Pub. Date:
2/11/2009
Publisher(s):
Indiana Univ Pr
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Summary

The region around Cincinnati, Ohio, is known throughout the world for the abundant and beautiful fossils found in limestones and shales that were deposited as sediments on the sea floor during the Ordovician Period, about 450 million years ago - some 250 million years before the dinosaurs lived. In Ordovician time, the shallow sea that covered much of what is now the North American continent teemed with marine life. The Cincinnati area has yielded some of the world's most abundant and best-preserved fossils of invertebrate animals such as trilobites, bryozoans, brachiopods, molluscs, echinoderms, and graptolites. So famous are the Ordovician fossils and rocks of the Cincinnati region that geologists use the term "Cincinnatian" for strata of the same age all over North America. This book synthesizes more than 150 years of research on this fossil treasure-trove, describing and illustrating the fossils, the life habits of the animals represented, their communities, and living relatives, as well as the nature of the rock strata in which they are found and the environmental conditions of the ancient sea.

Author Biography

David L. Meyer is Professor of Geology at the University of Cincinnati. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Richard Arnold Davis is Professor of Biology and Geology at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Steven M. Holland is Professor of Geology at the University of Georgia, Athens. He lives in Athens, Georgia.

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
List of Repositories of Fossils Illustrated in This Book
Introduction
Science in the Hinterland: The Cincinnati School of Paleontology
Naming and Classifying Organisms
Rocks, Fossils, and Time
Algae: The Base of the Food Chain
Poriferans and Cnidarians: Sponges, Corals, and Jellyfish
Bryozoans: ""Twigs and Bones""
Brachiopods: The Other Bivalves
Molluscs: Hard but with a Soft Center
Annelids and Wormlike Fossils
Arthropods: Trilobite
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