Dry Dredgers Joint Picnic/Field Trip with the Kentucky Paleontological Society 
July 23, 2011
A Tour of the Brookville, Indiana Sites
Arnheim, Waynesville and Liberty Formations, Late Ordovician Period

This year, the Dry Dredgers hosted the annual cook-out and joint field trip with our closest neighboring fossil club, the Kentucky Paleo Society, based in Lexington. Our choice was a tour of the famous road cuts in Brookville Indiana, after a relaxing picnic at one of Brookville Lake's picnic areas.

Dry Dredgers field trip chair Bob Bross was the grill master this year with a some yummy hamburgers and hot dogs. 

Every year we seem to forget something we need. This year, it was a lighter to start the charcoal. After struggling with an automobile cigarette lighter, Bob and I were successful without blowing up ourselves or our vehicles.

The picnic is kind of like a meeting, in that we have door prizes, donated by the attendees. We also had some great give-always for the taking (Phacops trilobites in shale from the Penn-Dixie field trip).

Once we had our fill of food and fun, Bill Heimbrock guided the group to our first fossil site and had printed information to hand out about the sites. These sites expose the Waynesville and Liberty formations of the Richmondian Stage of the Cincinnatian Series. The rocks and fossils exposed here are about 437 million years old.

Some of the fossils found that day.

We almost always find at least one complete enrolled trilobite of the most common variety, Flexicalymene retrorsa.

A prone Flexicalymene was also found.

Here is one lobe of the hypostome (mouth plate) of the large trilobite, Isotelus.

Probably the most interesting find that I recall was a giant Ostracod. We have seen them this large before at this same site, but they are usually much smaller.

A fragment of a straight shelled Nautiloid Cephalopod, showing the siphuncle running down the center.

A solitary coral (Horn Coral) by the name of Grewingkia canadensis.

A smaller solitary coral that is probably Streptelasma.

A colonial coral called Tetradium.

The common and easy to identify Brachiopod, Hebertella.

Another common brachiopod with a range beyond the Cincinnatian Series, is Leptaena richmondensis.

One of our most knowledgeable amateur members, Ron Fine, got excited about finding an articulated ramose (branching) Bryozoan.

Pelecypods (bivalves also known as clams)

There were quite a few varieties of clams found that day.

Ambonychia (above)

Caritodens (two pictures below)

And some elongated clams that I'm not sure of their identity. When there is no shell remaining and it's just an internal mold, they lack most of what's needed to identify the genera.

Snails are the same way. Internal molds are hard to identify. Here's one found that day (below).

Here is a living example of a snail I saw that day. Living animals provide paleontologists with an analogy for understanding from what our fossils came.

That's all for this month. August was too hot, but here are the photos from our September 2011 field trip.

Here are our previous trips to Brookville, Indiana

April 2006
March 2005

April 2003

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