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A Sea Without Fish: Life in the Ordovician Sea of the Cincinnati Region (Life of the Past)


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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.

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Four hundred and fifty million years ago the Cincinnati basin was an inland sea populated by brachiopods, mollusks, echinoderms and others like them. Meyer (geology, University of Cincinnati) and Davis (biology and geology, College of Mount St. Joseph, Cincinnati) take the reader on the tour of this sea, the creatures that lived in it and the first people to study them. The book is intended for students and interested amateurs. Technical terms are given in boldface and defined in a glossary. The system of naming biological units is carefully explained. The book begins with an often humorous account of early paleologists in the Cincinnati area, most of whom collected fossils as a hobby. Following chapters deal with each species and are enlivened by many illustrations of fossils and the make-up of the animal. Color plates show the fossils as well as their living decedents. The authors make suggestions for further reading at a general level as well as offering an extensive bibliography for more serious students. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)


An introduction to the rocks, fossils, and ancient sea-dwelling animals of the Cincinnatian

About the Author

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



List of Repositories of Fossils Illustrated in This Book

1. Introduction

2. Science in the Hinterland: The Cincinnati School of Paleontology

3. Naming and Classifying Organisms

4. Rocks, Fossils, and Time

5. Algae: The Base of the Food Chain

6. Poriferans and Cnidarians: Sponges, Corals, and Jellyfish

7. Bryozoans: "Twigs and Bones"

8. Brachiopods: The Other Bivalves

9. Molluscs: Hard but with a Soft Center

10. Annelids and Wormlike Fossils

11. Arthropods: Trilobites and Other legged Creatures

12. Echinoderms: A World Unto Themselves

13. Graptolites and Conodonts: Our Closest Relatives?

14. Trace Fossils: Tracks, Trails, and Burrows

15. Paleoeography and Paleoenvironment, by Steven M. Holland

16. Life in The Cincinnatian Sea

Appendix 1: Resources

Appendix 2: Individuals and Institutions Associated with the Cincinnati Region


References Cited


Product Details

Meyer, David L.
Indiana University Press
Contribution by:
Holland, Steven M.
Holland, Steven M.
Davis, Richard Arnold
Holland, Steven M.
Bloomington, IN
Earth Sciences - Geology
Paleontology -- Ordovician.
Fossils -- Ohio -- Cincinnati Region.
Natural History; Paleontology; Science
Edition Description:
Life of the Past
Publication Date:
102 bandw photos, 14 color photos
10 x 7 x 1.08 in 2.16 lb

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