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March 29, 2008 - Pennsylvanian Fossils - Walker and Jefferson County, AL

This month BPS spent our field trip exploring road cuts along a new highway, which included 10+ stops to survey various likely looking areas. Though rain was widely predicted, it didn't happen, and the weather was perfect for being outside. The fossil collecting wasn't as prolific as expected, but everyone found quite a few nice specimens, including brachiopods, tracks, and ferns. We also discovered an upright hole that appeared on first glance to be a blasting hole, but on closer examination one could see the impression of a lycopod, perhaps a lepidodendron.

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BPS Fossil Exhibit Homewood Library

UCM fossil case

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lepidodendron

Lepidodendron

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Lepidodendron

Lepidodendron

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stigmaria

Stigmaria, the root system of a lycopod such as Lepidodendron or Sigillaria.

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Lepidodendron

Lepidodendron, a type of lycopod.

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stigmaria

Stigmaria, the root system of a lycopod such as Lepidodendron or Sigillaria.

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tailings piles

Tailings piles from the mines, brought from hundreds of feet underground.

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lycopod

Probably a type of lycopod

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museum out front

Looking at fossils outside museum.

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