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Fossil From Ottawa, Ontario Canada

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Naf

Good afternoon Paleontology afficiandos! A long time ago my friends and I were hanging out in an old open pit quarry in Nepean, Ontario, Canada (South Ottawa) and I found this little fossil. The quarry was quite deep, about 10-15 meters, so its difficult to put a depth for the find, especially since it came from a rock pile near the upper rim. 

 

Originally this find had been sitting flat on a much larger piece of rock however there were no other visible fossils on the surface layer. When I pointed this out to my friends, they 'hilariously' decided it should be pushed over the edge to explode on the quarry floor below -.-

 

Luckily I was able to pick through the chunks and find it eventually, unscathed. What is shown in the picture is everything that was found in situ on the original rock. I then brought it home and promptly forgot about it for several years.

 

I unearthed it again while doing a thorough house cleaning and figured I should ask the experts! 

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Herb

looks  like a section of cephalopod with the siphuncle exposed.

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Naf

Awesome! I've heard that there are quite a few cephalopod bearing zones in the general area so that would make sense. I would've never thought to look into whether it was the exposed interior of something though!

 

Thank you very much for the informative and prompt reply!

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Kane

Definitely an orthocone, and it is from the Ordovician. I used to live for a time in the west end right at the border with Nepean, so I recognize these. :) 

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Naf

Didn't think I would get so much information so quickly! I really appreciate it folks, its nice to finally get to know this little guy that been hiding around my desk for all these years.

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Kane

It's nice to see these may still be available from that area, and brings back fond memories. Twenty years ago, I had two go-to areas that had some very impressively sized orthocones (some of them 50+ cm long). The first was behind one of my old high schools (now demolished) in a field (now a housing development) that adjoined a forest beside the Frasier-Duntile Quarry. The other was a spoil pile on abandoned farmland (also now a development) situated between the OC Transpo terminal and the Nepean Public Library.

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Naf

Its nice to meet another west ender! I'll have to go take a look around those areas sometime and see if I can find any overgrown rock piles or anything of the like, although it snowed here the other day so time might be running out this season. I'm an archaeologist by trade and have always wanted to try my hand at fossil collecting, but I haven't the slightest clue where to start. I tried walking the rivershore a few times, but its mostly fill carted in from other quarries these days, although the stuff in the riverbed at Deschennes rapids is always good for a day trip!

 

And @FossilDAWG I really appreciate the depth of the reply! I'll definitely check out the bridge at Pakenham next time I'm fishing around those parts!

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Fossildude19

Welcome to the Forum. :) 

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FossilDAWG

BTW I'm also a former west-ender (Bell's Corners), plus other places around town as I did my BSc and MSc at the University of Ottawa.  I go back periodically to visit family and usually find a bit of time to check out old fossil haunts, but many are built on, buried under rip-rap, or picked pretty clean these days.

 

Don

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Innocentx

Welcome from Kansas!

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