Our speaker this month will be Dan Cooper, Dry Dredgers member, trilobite collector par excellence and the original owner developer of the famous trilobite farm near Mt. Orab. Dan’s program is entitled "Identifying and Collecting Trilobites of the Cincinnatian Series in and Around Cincinnati, Ohio." This will be a detailed presentation on where and how to find the sixteen different species of trilobites from the Cincinnatian.
Dan started collecting in the early 1970's when his father showed him a beautiful Flexicalymene meeki found near Monroe, Ohio. Over the years he has collected close to 20,000 trilobites mostly from his property just east of Cincinnati. Dan has other trilobite collecting localities in New York, Oklahoma and in the western United States.
Recently retired, Dan is now working with his sons Jason and Ben building a business specializing in Trilobites of America.
TIME: 8:00 PM
DATE: Friday, May 24, 2013
PLACE:Room 201 Braunstein Hall (Old Physics Building)
University of Cincinnati Campus
Click here for directions to the meeting room
The Beginner’s Class meets at 7:15 PM Friday, May 24, in room 301 Braunstein, one floor up from the regular meeting. Education Chair Greg Courtney will discuss the basics of trilobites for beginning collectors and newer members. Greg will include collecting, cleaning and identification from a basic level.
Cephalopods, crinoids, brachiopods, and trilobites were all living together in harmony (at least until some tried to eat others). All was well – until some sort of disaster struck, burying thousands of them alive.
What was a horrific scene during the Ordovician Period (specifically, the Arnheim Formation) is today a fantastic paleontological site for discovery. This particular location near Mt. Orab, Ohio is known as the “Trilobite Farm” – and the site of this members-only Dry Dredgers field trip. This site is on private property, so we are able to visit it only when permission is received; our sincere thanks to the owners for making this possible.
While many types of specimens can be found there, let’s face it: almost everyone is there for the trilobites. You can find many Flexicalymene meeki throughout – and the diligent among us have found the “big boys” (aka Isotelus maximus). Experts will be on hand to assist.
Note: this will be a “surface collection only” field trip.
The directions, meeting place and meeting time are published in the emailed and snail-mailed version of the bulletin, which are distributed to paid-up members. This field trip is for paid-up members only, so no invitations will be made to non-members. If you feel you are a paid-up member, but did not receive the bulletin, please email email@example.com for support.
There are now 31 people signed up so far for the Penn Dixie Weekend (not counting those coming from NYPS). If you don't already know what this is, perhaps you've been living under a rock (but always remember to turn the rock over - you may discover an interesting fossil.)
The trip is June 7-9 in Western NY and Southeast Ontario, Canada. For those who do not intend to participate in the Canadian portions of this trip, you can spend as much time as you like collecting at Penn Dixie! This trip is also open to nonmembers, family members, friends, etc. - the more, the merrier!
For more information, please contact Bob Bross (Field Trip Chair) at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can visit www.penndixie.org and/or check the Dry Dredgers Web site for photos and descriptions of our 2012 trip.
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