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I found this several years ago in Kentucky near Maysville, which, based on this map, is in the middle to upper ordovician. It was probably around 50 feet down. All I have is the tail. Probably not enough to identify, but any information would be appreciated. I couldn't find a measuring device, but I will post a picture with one as soon as I do. It is about 8 1/2 inches long, or 26 1/2 centimeters. Map is upside down. I have the fossil on hand for any clarification/questions.

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Looks like a very worn orthoconic nautiloid. They are a moderately common fossil in the Ordovician rocks of that area. 

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2 minutes ago, ClearLake said:

Looks like a very worn orthoconic nautiloid. They are a moderately common fossil in the Ordovician rocks of that area. 

Agreed.

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5 hours ago, Jasper_M said:

Map is upside down.

Paleontologists are bottom up folks anyway. :)

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Mark Kmiecik

Nice specimen. A little worn, but if you look around where you found this one you should be able to find one that's really sweet. This genus is seldom found as a one-of-a-kind. Usually there's a ton of his buddies hanging around nearby.

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Tails didn't exist at that point in time anyway as far as I know :P

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2 minutes ago, Ludwigia said:

Tails didn't exist at that point in time anyway as far as I know :P

Pikaia ?

 

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6 minutes ago, Rockwood said:

Pikaia ?

 

You might be right there :)

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3 minutes ago, doushantuo said:

SACCAMBASPIS

Grandpappy Pikaia would be proud of them young whipper snappers. ;)

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doushantuo

maybe i just saw "Ordovician" and "tail"?

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1 hour ago, Ludwigia said:

Tails didn't exist at that point in time anyway as far as I know :P

It happens again. I was worried about that

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2 hours ago, Jasper_M said:

It happens again. I was worried about that

Don’t worry about it. We all started somewhere, and more than one of us has picked up something and thought “That looks like a tooth, or tail, or...” ;) 

The good thing is that you are asking questions and learning (hopefully...)

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50 minutes ago, FossilNerd said:

Don’t worry about it. We all started somewhere, and more than one of us has picked up something and thought “That looks like a tooth, or tail, or...” ;) 

The good thing is that you are asking questions and learning (hopefully...)

Definitely learning

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