Stebbins Gulch Brachiopod

One of the frustrations of Stebbins Gulch is to see so much rock in so many layers, all deposited in a marine environment, yet yielding so few fossil remains. The lack of marine fossils makes it a lot harder to convince yourself that you are walking on the floor of a 370-million-year-old seabed. But marine fossils do turn up on occasion, such as this brachiopod.  Brachiopods first appeared in the Cambrian some 500 million years and still thrive in today’s oceans.  They are among the most common fossils of the Paleozoic rocks of Ohio.

     
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