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Cinci road cut

by Jerry
(Cookeville, TN)

I found a fossil in road cut inside the I-275 bypass in Cincinnati OH (Ordovician period). Looks like chili pepper. Any ideas? if so please email me at

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Trace Fossil
by: Michael

A Trace Fossil (cast of a burrow made in the sediment while it was still fairly soft).

Ordovician Period Fossil
by: Doug


While your specimen has a clear outline it doesn't have much in the way of defining characteristics. The general shape is consistent with a straight shelled nautiloid, commonly called orthoceras. You can learn more about them here:

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