Ron Fine

Item #1: Hebertella Pocket

Genus/species: Hebertella sinuata
Phylum/subphylum: Brachiopoda/Articulata 
Period: Late Ordovician Period
Formation: Fairview Formation
Locality: South Western Ohio

Hi,
I'm Ron Fine and I have discovered a pocket of Hebertella brachiopods in the northern Cincinnati area. As can be seen in the picture there are juveniles to adults, well-preserved in shale. I have collected 240 so far and expect many more over the next few years. If anyone is interested in studying this pocket please contact me and I will provide site information and even meet you on site to divulge the pocket's location and answer any questions you may have.

Click on a picture below for an enlargement.

If you are interested in performing research on these fossils or would like more information, contact Ron Fine at fossilboy@hotmail.com .

Item #2: Catellocaula vallata

Genus/species: Catellocaula vallata
Phylum/subphylum: Tunicate Vrochordate 
Period: Late Ordovician Period
Formation: Kope and Maysville Formations
Locality: Various Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana 

These strange holes in bryozoans are the result of a soft bodied animal, probably a tunicate, embedding in the living bryozoan . The holes are shaped like stars or crosses and often run in lines on the bryozoan as shown at top left.



Frequently, these borings are round or elongated as shown above.


Shown above are some close-ups showing some of the shapes of the borings these Catellocaula vallata produce.

If you are interested in performing research on these fossils or would like more information, contact Ron Fine at fossilboy@hotmail.com .

Item #3: Conulariids

Genus/species: Conularia
Period: Late Ordovician Period
Formation: Lower Whitewater Formation
Locality: Garr Hill, Brookville, IN.

Ron has three Conulariids all found at the same location and horizon. They are from Garr Hill, a road cut in Brookville Indiana. The formation is lower Whitewater. 

Here are some pictures of the speicmens. Click the picture to get an enlargement.


The above specimen is 1.25 inches long. 


The above specimen is 2.5 inches long.


The above specimen is 2.75 inches long.

If you are interested in performing research on these fossils or would like more information, contact Ron Fine at fossilboy@hotmail.com .

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