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Found in east central Ohio. Was located in a cornfield where there are a lot of scattered, and broken, sandstone as well as large deposits of black flint. Any suggestions? They sure look like scales to me. Thanks in advance for any help.


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I agree, bark of a Lepidodendron sp.

Nice specimen - thanks for posting it.


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This is a nice example of Lepidodendron aculeatum Sternberg 1820. Nice find!

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As far as Lepidodendron scales go, there needs to be a more or less regular/repeating pattern. Compared to these schematics, for example, the pattern on your sample is very irregular. The scars of Lepidodendron (and affiliated genera) come in a variety of shapes and forms (see schematics), however, on most bark fragments you would expect to see several scars of approximately the same size and forming a repeating pattern.

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