By Richard Arnold Davis, David L. Meyer
The sector round Cincinnati, Ohio, is understood through the international for the considerable and lovely fossils present in limestones and shales that have been deposited as sediments at the sea flooring throughout the Ordovician interval, approximately 450 million years in the past -- a few 250 million years earlier than the dinosaurs lived. In Ordovician time, the shallow sea that coated a lot of what's now the North American continent teemed with marine existence. The Cincinnati zone has yielded the various world's so much ample and best-preserved fossils of invertebrate animals resembling 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 every single place North the US. This publication synthesizes greater than one hundred 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 relations, in addition to the character of the rock strata in which they're came across and the environmental stipulations of the traditional sea.
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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. He s e e m s to h a v e b e e n a sickly- c h i l d , a n d w a s f r e q u e n t l y absent from s c h o o l .
H e w a s a s t u d e n t a t B a l d w i n - W a l l a c e C o l lege for t w o years, hut he did not finish c o l l e g e . D u r i n g t h e 1876—1877 school year, he was a student in the M e d i c a l C o l l e g e of O h i o in C i n c i n nati, an i n d e p e n d e n t institution at that t i m e , b u t a b s o r b e d into t h e U n i v e r sity o f C i n c i n n a t i i n 1915 ( B r o a d d u s , pers. c o m m . ) . A g a i n , h e did n o t f i n i s h work f o r a d e g r e e . F o r m a l e d u c a t i o n a n d h e did n o t g e t o n t o o w e l l , b e c a u s e " h e insisted h e was t a u g h t too m u c h h e d i d n ' t w a n t a n d too little that he d i d " (Bassler 1945, 333).
H e s e r v e d o n t h e l o c a l s c h o o l b o a r d , ran for t h e U. S. S e n a t e , a n d also for c i r c u i t c o u r t j u d g e . He did not w i n his e l e c t i o n s , h o w e v e r ; it s e e m s that he refused to take a n y contributions. In 1882 M i l l e r w a s c o n s i d e r e d for t h e p o s i t i o n of O h i o state g e o l o g i s t , to s u c c e e d John S t r o n g N e w b e r r y . ) M i l l e r w a s a w a r d e d a n honorary d o c t o r a t e b y O h i o U n i v e r s i t y , w h e r e , years b e f o r e , he h a d b e e n a s t u d e n t for o n e year.
A Sea without Fish: Life in the Ordovician Sea of the Cincinnati Region (Life of the Past) by Richard Arnold Davis, David L. Meyer