I have found very little fossilized woody material in the Late Carboniferous strata locally. It most certainly exists, I just haven’t been lucky enough to recover any. That changed yesterday with the recovery of a fossilized taproot. The specimen was found in-situ in shale immediately above the Pine Creek limestone.
In writing the most recent research article, Aviculopinna, I set up an area to photograph specimens. While having this setup available, I went ahead and re-photographed the first seven specimens in the fossil catalog. Specimen CG-0001 John Harper identified this specimen as possibly being Orthotetes, a brachiopod. The preservation is
Two examples of local fossil plant fauna, both specimens were found in Guffy Run. Calamites Calamites is common in the shale below the Brush Creek Limestone. Typically a wide, long and flat fossil, it’s difficult to find large specimens locally in-tact. This one was face up in the stream bed
The genus Edmondia was first described by de Koninck in 1841. The book is Description des animaux fossiles qui se trouvent dans le terrain carbonifére de Belgique, written in the French language. The genus occurs from 252.3 to 457.5 million years ago. It died out during the Permian–Triassic extinction event.
Macroneuropteris is a much more rare genus than Pecopteris. However, these can be found locally in the shale below the primary limestone layer. The detail within the leaf of this specimen is stunning in my opinion. The Middle Pennsylvanian Sydney Mines Formation, found in Nova Scotia, Canada, have revealed a