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Passers-by could tell we were fossil enthusiasts.
See Education Chair Greg Courtney's videos of the trip that day, Click HERE to go to YouTube.com.
The Dry Dredgers had a beautiful day for fossil hunting in the lower Whitewater, Liberty and Waynesville Formations of the Cincinnatian of South East Indiana. It was a good turn out of members. Everyone had tons of fun, as evidenced by the fact that many stayed 4 hours or longer. We have had a drought this summer, which causes no new fossils to wash out, but there was a drenching rain two days before the trip. It was just enough rain to expose the tiny Flexicalymene trilobites in the butter shale layers. So most members found at least one trilobite that day.
Karen demonstrates American Gothic fossil hunting
Photo by John Feiertag
The site is a large road cut with plenty of space and plenty of Late Ordovician fossils, 440 million years old. Most people stuck to the right side of the road. The fossils were reportedly better on that side.
The draw was to the butter shale layers where lots of the tiny
trilobite Flexicalymene retrorsa minuens can be found.
On the other side of the street (next 3 pics), we saw about
the same types of fossils. These bicyclists were just passing through. But they
probably wondered how good those fossils must be for so many people to be out
there looking for them.
Next Page: More Collecting Photos
T A B L E O F C O N T E N T S
Page 1: The Site and Collecting
Page 2: More Collecting Photos
Page 3: Fossils Found: Best Finds
Page 4: Fossils Found: Trilobites
Page 5: Fossils Found: More Trilobites
Page 6: Fossils Found: Bryozoans and Pelecypods
Page 7: Fossils Found: Brachiopods
Page 8: Fossils Found: Corals
Page 9: Fossils Found: Gastropods and Collections
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