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Pennsylvanian Plants near Centralia, PA

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historianmichael

My dad and I recently took a trip to collect plant fossils at two locales near Centralia, PA. Given that St. Clair is no longer accessible to collecting, we found that this area offered the next best option for collecting similar fossil ferns. We came away with a lot of large samples of Calamites sp., including several pith casts that just fell out of the rock. We also found a fair amount of Annularia, Neuropteris, and Pecopteris. Here are only a few of our best finds. I hope you enjoy. If you disagree on an identification, please let me know; I am still trying to identify everything.

 

Some Neuropteris from Centralia

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What looks to be the bark of Sigillaria

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historianmichael

Sphenophyllum

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Annularia

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A mix of Pecopteris and Neuropteris from the second site

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historianmichael

A nice Neuropteris

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A larger sample. Unfortunately the fossil is very light on the shale. If someone knows how to highlight the fossil in the material, please let us know.

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Two types of Calamites sp.

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Including these pith casts

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historianmichael

And what is maybe a branch of Calamites

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We also found these unknown leaves. If anyone knows what they might be, please help.

 

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caldigger

You and pops got some really nice pieces. Congrates on your honeyhole location. :dinothumb:

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FranzBernhard

Some very beautifull plant fossils! Congratulations and thanks for sharing!

Did you discover this site yourself? What type is the site (coal mine dump, river bank, construction site... ?)

Thanks!
Franz Bernhard

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Tidgy's Dad

Lovely finds and lots of them! 

What a great location you have found. :)

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historianmichael
6 hours ago, FranzBernhard said:

Some very beautifull plant fossils! Congratulations and thanks for sharing!

Did you discover this site yourself? What type is the site (coal mine dump, river bank, construction site... ?)

Thanks!
Franz Bernhard

 

Thank you! These were two sites shown to us by the NYPS. They are kinda hole-in-the-wall coal mine dumps. 

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1 hour ago, historianmichael said:

These were two sites shown to us by the NYPS. They are kinda hole-in-the-wall coal mine dumps.

Thanks for the infos!
Franz Bernhard

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fifbrindacier

Wow !:envy:

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deutscheben

Those are some excellent plants- it's wonderful how clear many of them are. It's also quite nice that so many are distinct  single plants- so often Pennsylvanian compression plant fossils like this are a mish-mash. 

 

The broad "leaves" are actually separated bracts from a cone- they are called Lepidostrobophyllum, while the complete cone is Lepidostrobus. 

 

 

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Monica

Stunning specimens!!!  I especially like the Sphenophyllum - it's simply beautiful!

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Plantguy

Great collection of material! I especially like the cone bract examples that deutcheben pointed out.  Very nice. Thanks for showing us. Regards, Chris 

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paleoflor

Beautiful plant fossils! Never seen any from Centralia before. The second of your two types of Calamites is most probably C. suckowii. The others are difficult to see on my phone...

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paleoflor

Your "unkown leafs" are lepidostrobophylla.

 

EDIT: Oops, just noticed deutscheben already provided this ID. Blaming small screen here... 

Edited by paleoflor
Stupidity and not reading all previous replies

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