10.7" Fossil Fern (Neuropteris & Macroneuropteris) Plate - Kentucky

 
This is a fossil seed fern plate from the Breathitt Formation of Leslie County, Kentucky. It contains a collection of pinnules (branch of leaflets) and leaflets of two different genus of ferns (Neuropteris & Macroneuropteris). It comes from the Late Carboniferous, Pennsylvanian aged forests that formed the coal shales of Kentucky and Ohio.

Neuropteris and Macroneuropteris are an extinct genera of seed ferns that reproduced from seed as opposed to sporophyte reproduction of most modern ferns.

There is a small limb section preserved on this plate, likely from a scale tree of the genus Lepidodendron. Lepidodendron is an extinct, primitive vascular tree-like plant most closely related to gill worts and club mosses. Documented fossil finds indicate that they grew up to 98ft (30 m) and had trunks 3.2ft (1 m) in diameter.

Comes with an acrylic display stand.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Neuropteris sp., Macroneuropteris sp. & Lepidodendron?
LOCATION
Leslie County, Kentucky
FORMATION
Breathitt Formation
SIZE
10.7 x 6.6" rock
CATEGORY
ITEM
#137733
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