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The Ordovician in Georgia, US

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Ordovician Fossils

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Paleontology and geology

Early in the Ordovician, shallow marine environments covered much of Georgia. However, toward the end of the Ordovician, the ancient continent of Laurentia collided with an oceanic plate. This collision caused the first of three episodes of mountain building that contributed to the formation of the Appalachians. Large amounts of sediment eroding from the mountains were carried to the sea and formed extensive tidal flats. These were later replaced by estuaries as more fresh water flowed into the seaway. Typical Ordovician fossils include brachiopods and bivalves, as well as traces of burrows, most likely formed by trilobites.

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Education and Exhibits

Education and Exhibits

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Virtual Museum of Fossils: Geosciences, at Georgia's Valdosta State University, presents an interactive virtual museum of invertebrate and vertebrate fossil specimens. Explore the collection by animal, or by time period from Precambrian to Quaternary. Maps are detailed and include ecosystem distribution. Fossil photographs, many showing multiple views, list information about where the fossil was found, and how it is categorized taxonomically. Some pages feature a drawing of the animal's skeleton showing the fossil bone in red.

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