CAN WE STILL LEARN NEW THINGS FROM CINCINNATIAN FOSSILS?
A wide array of insights has been gained by these many studies, but after so many years and so many analyses, are there really new insights left to gain? In what ways can these old and well-studied fossils contribute to innovative understanding of the history of life and the co-evolution of Earth and life? In this presentation, I will review some of the ways that Cincinnati fossils are contributing to cutting-edge scientific analyses and some recent insights on evolutionary, ecological, and biogeographic processes operating in the Ordovician and how these relate to improving our understanding of issues facing the modern biota. For example, investigations utilizing ecological niche modeling, phylogenetic inference, and biogeographic analyses provide insight on macroevolutionary feedback loops associated with species migrations and community restructuring.