Richard Arnold Davis, David L. Meyer's A Sea without Fish: Life in the Ordovician Sea of the PDF

By Richard Arnold Davis, David L. Meyer

ISBN-10: 0253351987

ISBN-13: 9780253351982

The sector round Cincinnati, Ohio, is understood in the course of the global for the ample and lovely fossils present in limestones and shales that have been deposited as sediments at the sea flooring through the Ordovician interval, approximately 450 million years in the past -- a few 250 million years ahead of the dinosaurs lived. In Ordovician time, the shallow sea that coated a lot of what's now the North American continent teemed with marine lifestyles. The Cincinnati zone has yielded the various world's such a lot plentiful and best-preserved fossils of invertebrate animals comparable to trilobites, bryozoans, brachiopods, molluscs, echinoderms, and graptolites. So recognized are the Ordovician fossils and rocks of the Cincinnati sector that geologists use the time period "Cincinnatian" for strata of an analogous age in every single place North the USA. This booklet synthesizes greater than a hundred and fifty years of analysis in this fossil treasure-trove, describing and illustrating the fossils, the existence conduct of the animals represented, their groups, and residing family, in addition to the character of the rock strata in which they're discovered and the environmental stipulations of the traditional sea.

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I n C a s t e r ' s w o r d s : " ' Y e t , ' said Harris, ' M i l l e r ' s g r e a t North American Geology and Paleontology w a s a l w a y s o n W i l l i a m s ' desk, a n d o n t h e desk o f e v e r y o t h e r p a l e o n t o l o g i s t o f the l a n d ! ' " ( C a s t e r 1982, 24). N o r did S . A . M i l l e r c o n f i n e his w o r k t o fossils f r o m t h e C i n c i n n a t i region. H e also w o r k e d o n t h o s e o f Illinois, M i s s o u r i , a n d W i s c o n s i n . M i l l er's fossil c o l l e c t i o n m u s t h a v e b e e n fantastic: o n e n e w s p a p e r a c c o u n t reported that it c o n t a i n e d o v e r a m i l l i o n s p e c i m e n s !

B u t let u s follow the U n i v e r s i t y o f C i n c i n n a t i t h r e a d for a bit. A. G. 3A) w a s b o r n in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvan i a , in 1833, b u t his family later m o v e d to the C l e v e l a n d , O h i o , area. Alter g r a d u a t i n g from c o l l e g e , he spent several years t e a c h i n g in a c o u n t r y s c h o o l , w i t h s u m m e r s spent f a r m i n g . In 1861 he m o v e d to C i n c i n n a t i and was app o i n t e d p r i n c i p a l o f W o o d b u r n S c h o o l , o n e o f the p u b l i c s c h o o l s i n the city, a n d spent s o m e n i n e years there.

M i c h a e l S . C h a p p a r s , c u r a t o r a t the U n i v e r s i t y o f C i n c i n n a t i G e o l o g y M u s e u m in 1936, discovered that M i l l e r had not m a r k e d all his types as s u c h . H e n c e , t h e University o f C i n c i n n a t i got a b o u t h a l f o f Miller's t y p e s b y a c c i dent (Caster 1982, pers. c o m m . ) . On the o t h e r h a n d , a 1912 letter from Ray S. Bassler to C. D. W a l c o t t said that M i l l e r "sold w h e n e v e r i m p e c u n i o u s to G u r l e y " ( S h e r b o r n 1940, 97); a n d S h e r b o r n i n d i c a t e d that m o s t of M i l l e r s types were at the University of C h i c a g o in t h e c o l l e c t i o n of W.

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