Dry Dredgers Field Trip
May 26, 2006
Northern Kentucky Road Cut
Photos by Ron Fine and Bill Heimbrock

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Fossils Found That Day

The best fossils found that day were the tiny fossils that take a hand lens to find. The best small fossil found was the fossil shown below. We think it's most likely a very rare type of Cephalopod. It was found by the Janssen family, visiting from Wisconsin. We later saw an identified specimen at a Dry Dredgers meeting for which the similarity was dead on.


In the next two years, the specimen underwent closer examination by professional Paleontologists. Bob had taken down the members contact information and received permission to deposit the specimen in the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History and Science collections. This is really smart thinking on Bob's part. This may turn out to be a major find, as this may be the first time this type of Cephalopod has been seen in the Upper Ordovician rocks.
Bob recording site notes for the strange new fossil. A good practice for all nice finds.

Other small fossils found that day included Cornulites (next two pics).


The Cornulites on the left appears to be wrapping around a stray Cryptolithus Lace Collar. Wasn't the trilobite molt floating along the Ordovician Ocean bottom? If so, how did this annelid worm grow on it?

Another minifossil found in abundance was Graptolites. These are the black carbon remains of animals that are likely to have floated in the water while alive and fell to the Ordovician Ocean floor when they died. The specimens in the next two pictures are Geniculograptus, formerly known as Climacograptus.

Next Page: Cephalopods Found

T A B L E    O F   C O N T E N T S

Page 1: The Site
Page 2: The Collectors

Page 3: Fossils Found: Mini-Fossils

Page 4: Fossils Found: Cephalopods

Page 5: Trilobites and Crinoids

Page 6: Bryozoans and Gastropods

Page 7: Brachiopods, Pelecypods and Ichnofossils

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