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A Guide to Pennsylvanian (Carboniferous) Age Plant Fossils of Southwest Virginia

Thomas F. McLoughlin

About the Book

This book is a photo guide to fossil plants and a few fossil marine organisms located in close association with coal-mining operations in the central Appalachian region.

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BOOK REVIEW

On Amazon: Raymond Dobbins- “I am fairly new at collecting fossil plants, so I have been reading as much as I can about the subject. This inexpensive eBook, was a pleasant surprise. Well written, in a clear, organized, way plus it manages to communicate some of the authors comfort with and enthusiasm about his favorite subject. I found the (many) photos useful too; as were the notations about sites in the region.”

ABOUT THE BOOK

This book is a picture guide to fossil plants and a few fossil marine organisms found in close association with the local measures in the central Appalachian region. The fossils are sorted by groups and the specimens sampling site locations are listed by coal seam horizon and geographic location. Short descriptions of each group of fossil types are provided. This publication has been designed with the amateur (rock hound) as well as a virtual guide for the more advanced collectors. Explanation of the different groups of plants in as close to layman’s terms as possible. 71 Plates and over 300 pictures and illustrations, the majority of which are in full color.

This book is a picture guide to fossil plants and a few fossil marine organisms found in close association with the local measures in the central Appalachian region. The fossils are sorted by groups and the specimens sampling site locations are listed by coal seam horizon and geographic location. Short descriptions of each group of fossil types are provided. This publication has been designed with the amateur (rock hound) as well as a virtual guide for the more advanced collectors. Explanation of the different groups of plants in as close to layman’s terms as possible. 71 Plates and over 300 pictures and illustrations, the majority of which are in full color.

ABOUT THE BOOK

This book is a picture guide to fossil plants and a few fossil marine organisms found in close association with the coal measures in the central Appalachian region. The fossils are sorted by groups and the specimens sampling site locations are listed by coal seam horizon and geographic location. Short descriptions of each group of fossil types are provided. This publication has been designed with the amateur (rock hound) as well as a virtual guide for the more advanced collectors. Explanation of the different groups of plants in as close to layman’s terms as possible. 71 Plates and over 300 pictures and illustrations majority of which are in full color.

About Thomas F. McLoughlin

A Bachelor of Science degree was earned while attending Morehead State University at Morehead, Kentucky.

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