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Sample of Fossils found in the Silica Shale
Similar Devonian Triolbite Collecting Location:
New York Devonian: 18 Mile Creek, Lake Erie Cliffs, Penn Dixie Paleontological Center.
Eldredgeops (Phacops) Facts and Information
Everything you wanted to know about these trilobites!
The Trilobite Gallery
See and Learn about Different Trilobites
Fossil Park Area; Sylvania, Lucas Co., OH
~ 370 - 400 Million Years Old
|View a sample of my fossils found in the silica formation
About the Silica formation fossils:
In the middle Devonian, a vast sea covered Ohio. The sea floor was very muddy, creating a remarkable place for fossilization to occur. The Silica Formation in northwest Ohio represents this marine environment from the middle Devonian; it leaves a well-preserved and abundant fossil record. The preservation of these Devonian fossils are among the best in the world. In this formation, one can find the abundant remains of corals, brachiopods, echinoderms, and trilobites (especially Eldredgeops - formerly Phacops) . These exquisitely preserved fossils are found in soft, gray shale, and quickly weather free from matrix.
Recommended Fossil Equipment:
No equipment is allowed in Fossil Park. A box and towels are recommended to store the fossils in.
Although they have shade, restrooms, and water, it still can get VERY hot in the summer. Dress appropriately and bring items such as a hat, sunscreen, extra water, and a snack.
|Fossils of Ohio (Bulletin 70)
by Rodney M. Feldmann (ed)
State of Ohio Div. of Geological Survey
This book is a MUST for anyone collecting in Ohio or nearby Devonian formations. It has detailed descriptions and images of 100's of fossils one can find throughout Ohio, including the Silica formation. It can be ordered through the link above.
Silica Shale Book: "Strata and Megafossils of the Middle Devonian Silica Formation"
Robert V. Kesling and Ruth B. Chilman
The FRIENDS, University of Michigan, Museum of Paleontology have reprinted this original Silica Shale book. It was originally printed in 1975.
This book is a must for anyone with an interest in the Silica shale. It is incredibly detailed with TONS of images.
Click here for ordering information. The link has ordering info and sample pictures from the book.
A Sea without Fish: Life in the Ordovician Sea of the Cincinnati Region (Life of the Past)
Life of the Past series: Richard Arnold Davis, David L. Meyer
Copyright 2009, Indiana University Press
This book gives a comprehensive view of life in the Ordovician seas. This is a wonderful introduction to the geology, paleontology, and paleobiology of the Ohio seas 450 million years ago is full of illustrations. If you have ever wondered what exactly the Ordovician of Ohio and the surrounding states looked like, this is your window!
The Olander Park System: Fossil Park
Official Website for Fossil Park. Go here for more specific information, inlcuding holiday hours, field trip booking, etc...
Crinus - "Fossils" website
This is not a specific site on the fossils of Ohio, but it has incredibly detailed images of countless invertebrate fossils, including fossils from the silica shale.