Dry Dredgers Field Trip
July 18, 2009
A popular creek bed site in Ohio

Due to the Dry Dredgers' participation in fossil events in June, our traditional joint field trip picnic with the Kentucky Paleontological Society was scheduled for July. 

Our destination was a park north of Cincinnati, Ohio. We first met for a grill-out and after that, went down to a creek to collect fossils. We received some good feedback from members on this field trip. Everyone enjoyed themselves. It was nice to get together with other fossil enthusiasts and share our finds, stories and information.

Here are some pictures of our picnic.

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After the picnic, we headed down to the creek.
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Here are pictures of some of the fossils we found.

Non-Maysvillian Fossils

The most notable thing we found were a number of fossils that do not belong in this section of creek. The creek exposes the formations of the Maysvillian Stage. Yet some fossils were found that are clearly from the Richmondian Stage. These might haven carried down by currents, but this is unlikely. It's more likely that building materials, such as gravel, quarried from Richmondian formations were left near or in this creek.

A few people found Horn Coral. I'm not sure the Horn Coral found were even Late Ordovician. But they are certainly not Maysvillian.

Another non-Maysvillian fossil was this brachiopod, that appears to be a Rhynchonelid. It might be Lepidocyclus, but since the layers are not from here, we are not sure.

Brachiopods Found


Trilobites Found


Pelecypods (clams or bivalves) Found

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Nautiloid Cephalopods Found

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Ichnofossils (Trace Fossils) Found

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Bryozoans Found


Gastropods (snails) Found

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That's all the photos for July. We didn't have a field trip in August, but check out the photos from our September 2009 field trip.

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