Ohio University Invertebrate Paleontology Collection

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This collection is composed primarily of shallow marine invertebrate fossils collected from Ohio and adjacent states. A key strength is the Jack Kallmeyer collection, which includes over 8000 specimens from the Late Ordovician of the greater Cincinnati region.

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Occurrence; Specimen


Alycia Stigall
  • Metadata Provider
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
  • Principal Investigator
Associate Professor
Ohio University
Department of Geological Sciences
45701 Athens
+01 740-593-0393
Laura Russell
  • Programmer
Adriane Lam
  • Point Of Contact
Graduate Student
Ohio University
Department of Geological Sciences
45701 Athens

Geographic Coverage

The majority of the specimens in the OU Invertebrate Paleontology Collection are from Ohio and adjacent states, which a heavy geographic concentration in the Cincinnati, Ohio region.

Bounding Coordinates South West [-90, -180], North East [90, 180]

Taxonomic Coverage

Taxonomic focus is on Paleozoic shallow marine invertebrates

Phylum Brachiopoda, Cnidaria, Echinodermata
Class Cephalopoda, Gatropoda (Snails), Trilobita (Trilobites), Bivalvia (Clams), Crinoidea, Porifera (Sponges), Edrioasteroidea

Temporal Coverage

Formation Period Ordovician

Project Data

No Description available

Title PaleoNiches Project
Funding NSF ADBC Program
Study Area Description Late Ordovician marine invertebrate fossils of the Cincinnati, Ohio Region

The personnel involved in the project:

Alycia Stigall
  • Principal Investigator

Sampling Methods

Field collections made by avocational paleontologists over 30 field seasons. Specimens were collected from surface float, in situ methods, and sieving of collected mud.

Study Extent Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky, USA within the Ordovician outcrop belt
Quality Control Specimens were identified to species and georeferenced by Ohio University personnel based on detailed field notes by the avocational collector.

Method step description:

  1. Specimens were identified to species using field guides (Fossils of Ohio, Cincinnati Fossils) and primary literature by undergraduate students. Identifications were verified by MS student Hannah Brame. Georeferencing followed iDigBio best practices by Brame and undergraduate students. Data were entered into a Specify Database for management by MS students Brame, Jennifer Bauer, and Adriane Lam with assistance of undergraduate employees.

Collection Data

Collection Name Ohio University Invertebrate Paleontology Collection
Collection Identifier OUIP
Parent Collection Identifier Not applicable
Specimen preservation methods No treatment

Additional Metadata

Purpose Data set was developed to catalog collections within the Ohio University Invertebrate Paleontology Collection, to provide that data to the public, and for use within the Digital Atlas of Ordovician Life website (www.ordovicianatlas.org)
Alternative Identifiers 3c001217-eea8-4f59-8b28-885699f8cd6c