These 7 Species Found Around Cleveland Are Surprisingly Ancient
By Nikki Rhoades|Published August 15, 2019
Nikki is a lifelong Ohioan with a love for literature. She holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Akron and has enjoyed publishing her written work since 2007. She has a love of travel and does so frequently, though she believes that home is where the heart is — she continues to work in and around Cleveland as a digital content specialist to this day, working on everything from commercial scripts and social media posts to grassroots marketing initiatives.
Ohio has a fascinating history. Due to erosion, we’ll likely never know if dinosaurs called our state home, but we do have a superabundance of fossils from Ohio’s life as an ancient ocean as well as from the Pleistocene, the most recent ice age. Amazingly, during the last Pleistocene, some 40 mammal species were preserved in the local fossil record. Of these species, 29 thrive elsewhere in the nation, and 21 still call the state home to this day – seriously! You’d be amazed to learn that Cleveland fossils are some of the best-preserved in the world, and many species of plants and animals from a few thousand to a few million years ago still call this area home.
Ohio may not be home to dinosaur fossils, but these seven species are biological wonders of the ancient world. Do you know of any other living Cleveland fossils?