Neuropteris Seed Fern Fossil

Neuropteris sp.

Division Cycadophyta, Class Cycadopsida, Order Medullosales, Family Medullosaceae

Geological Time: Lower Pennsylvanian

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): Matrix: 110 by 80 mm by 30 mm thick

Fossil Site: Fire Creek Formation, Dawson County, Coal Country West Virginia - a new locality above Pocahontas coal seam

Code: FC68

Price: Sold

Neuropteris Seed Fern FossilPteridosperms or seed ferns are a group of extinct plants with mostly fern-like foliage but having real seeds. They were mostly small trees but other forms that exhibited climbing growth have been found. Some forms, notably those called the Medullosales as seen here had large fronds which could be up several meters long. Several groups can be distinguished within the Pteridosperms. The Pteridosperms evolved in the latest Devonian, and became common in the Carboniferous. The Medullosalesdominated wetlands during the Westphalian and persisted into the early Permian before becoming extinct. This fossil contains frond segments with numerous pinnules of Neuropteris, a seed fern genus charactrerized by leaflets that are nomally blunt at the tips. Note the shiny look to the specimen that is the carbonized film remnant of the original plant tissue. The specimen comes from the Fire Creek Formation (coal country), West Viginia, and dates to the Lower Pennsylvanian.

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