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Found this when I was young, like to know more about it

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PaulStG

When I found it the stone had been used as part of the stone wall. Wondering  if someone can Identify the plant and how old it might be.

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Tidgy's Dad

I agree, it looks like a Pecopteris frond in which case it is most likely, though not certainly, Upper Carboniferous  (Pennsylvanian) so 300 to 323 million years old, approximately. 

Hello, Paul, and a very warm welcome to TFF from Morocco. :)

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PaulStG

Thanks very much, I am from Massachusetts, it was found in Somerset about 30 miles from the cape.

Don't know if it's easy to tell from picture but it is about a foot long, pretty large despite missing some spots.

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steelhead9

Wow! I grew up in Assonet. Never found anything like that. Some old walls were built there with imported stone, so no absolute guarantee it originated there. Welcome to the forum. 

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PaulStG

Thanks I appreciate it, was cleaning up and I lifted this thing from under the bed. I've had it for so long and I never thought to ask, ended up finding this awesome forum.

That's what I figured with the stone, there is so many old walls built around the area.

 

 

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WhodamanHD

 Well I know in Rhode Island there are a few sites that yield this, perhaps these formations get all the way up to Massachusetts. Either way that is a awesome fern:dinothumb:

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caldigger

Put into a wall huh? Our ancestors had no respect. I would have kept that even when collecting fossils wasn't cool. 

Good job saving that for posterity. Your kids will thank you some day ( or at least someone will ).

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Rockwood
1 hour ago, caldigger said:

Put into a wall huh? Our ancestors had no respect.

That was many seasons ago. Likely the only thing exposed at the time was a few tiny bits like you see on the lower right.

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MeargleSchmeargl

Oh my Glossopteris! That Peco. is a beaut! :plant:

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Herb
7 hours ago, Tidgy's Dad said:

I agree, it looks like a Pecopteris frond in which case it is most likely, though not certainly, Upper Carboniferous  (Pennsylvanian) so 300 to 323 million years old, approximately. 

Hello, Paul, and a very warm welcome to TFF from Morocco. :)

I agree, and welcome to the FF

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Fossildude19
7 hours ago, Tidgy's Dad said:

I agree, it looks like a Pecopteris frond in which case it is most likely, though not certainly, Upper Carboniferous  (Pennsylvanian) so 300 to 323 million years old, approximately. 

Hello, Paul, and a very warm welcome to TFF from Morocco. :)

Rhode Island Formation.  ;) 

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DoyouthinkhesaurusRex

Welcome to TFF. That is a beautiful piece! 

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Bobby Rico

Welcome to TFF and a stunning fossil indeed.

 

Bobby 

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