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Featured Fossil


This page features a fossil with details about the specimen, its age,

where it was found, and a nugget of interesting information. Not every

specimen will be perfectly preserved - but all are a marvel of the natural world!

All geological time periods are represented.


Ostracod from the Jacobs Chapel Shale, Henryville, Indiana

Fossil Type:





Jacobs Chapel Shale (New Providence Formation)


Osagean, Middle Mississippian


Clark Co., Indiana


Ostracods are a microscopic crustacean that lived in fresh and saltwater ecosystems. They are well-represented in the fossil record, going back to the Cambrian Period. Kenny Popp collection and photo.

Date Posted:

October 21, 2016


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Created April 12, 2012