By Richard Arnold Davis, David L. Meyer
The quarter round Cincinnati, Ohio, is understood during the global for the ample and lovely fossils present in limestones and shales that have been deposited as sediments at the sea ground in the course of the Ordovician interval, approximately 450 million years in the past -- a few 250 million years prior to the dinosaurs lived. In Ordovician time, the shallow sea that lined a lot of what's now the North American continent teemed with marine existence. The Cincinnati quarter has yielded many of the world's such a lot plentiful and best-preserved fossils of invertebrate animals reminiscent of trilobites, bryozoans, brachiopods, molluscs, echinoderms, and graptolites. So well-known are the Ordovician fossils and rocks of the Cincinnati quarter that geologists use the time period "Cincinnatian" for strata of an analogous age in all places North the United States. This booklet synthesizes greater than a hundred and fifty years of study in this fossil treasure-trove, describing and illustrating the fossils, the existence behavior of the animals represented, their groups, and residing kinfolk, in addition to the character of the rock strata in which they're chanced on and the environmental stipulations of the traditional sea.
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Extra resources for A Sea without Fish: Life in the Ordovician Sea of the Cincinnati Region (Life of the Past)
H o w ever, his e x t e n s i v e record o f p u b l i c a t i o n s i n c l u d e s s c i e n t i f i c p a p e r s o n r e p resentatives o f a l m o s t e v e r y m a j o r g r o u p o f i n v e r t e b r a t e s ; n o t o n l y t h e o n e s m e n t i o n e d a b o v e , but also, a n n e l i d w o r m s , b r a c h i o p o d s , m o l l u s c s , s p o n g e s , a n d trilobites. (Bassler 1945; B e c k e r 1938; B r a d s h a w 1989; B r a n d t a n d D a v i s 2007; Byers 2001; C a s t e r 1951,1981, 1982; C r o n e i s 1963; C u f f e y , D a v i s , a n d U t g a a r d 2002; M e r r i l l 1924; S h e r b o r n 1940; S h i d e l e r  2002; U l r i c h 1891.
T . D . D y c h e , the m e m b e r of the C i n c i n n a t i S c h o o l , is the same person as David Tullis D u r b i n D y c h e , t h e dentist. ( B e c k e r 1938; D y c h e 1892a, b, c; U. P. ) E. O. Ulrich E d w a r d O . U l r i c h ( F i g u r e s 2 . 5D) w a s b o r n F e b r u a r y 1,1857, i n C i n c i n n a t i , b u t shortly t h e r e a f t e r t h e family m o v e d t o C o v i n g t o n , K e n t u c k y , just across t h e O h i o River. T h e "O" stands for " O s c a r , but it was not a n a m e g i v e n t o h i m b y his p a r e n t s ; E d w a r d U l r i c h g a v e h i m s e l f that n a m e after a h e r o in o n e of t h e stories he read as a boy.
M i l l e r p r o d u c e d a great many p u b l i c a t i o n s d e v o t e d to fossils, often co-authored with other Cincinnati-area collectors, such as C. B. Dyer and C h a r l e s Faber. L a e l Bradshaw c o n c l u d e d that M i l l e r n a m e d oyer 1000 taxa ( B r a d s h a w , pers. c o m m . ) . But M i l l e r is p e r h a p s best k n o w n for his c o m p i l a - 24 A Sea without Fish tions of k n o w l e d g e : The American can Mesozoic American Scientists and Cenozoic Geology and (1889, Palaeozoic Fossils Geology and Palaeontology for the with s u p p l e m e n t s in 1892 (1877), Palaeontology Use of Amateurs, and 1897).