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.
Plant Fossil Atlas From (Pennsylvanian) CARBONIFEROUS AGE FOUND in Central Appalachian Coalfields – KINDLE
Published Date: February 23, 2021
Thomas F. Mcloughlin
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. This book contains 71 Plates and over 300 pictures and illustrations, the majority of which are in full color. A Bachelor of Science degree was earned while attending Morehead State University at Morehead, Kentucky. In December of 1979, I completed my Master’s of Science thesis in geology at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky. Then in June 1980, I joined the US Department of Labor Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). I stayed with this agency as a geologist and coal mine inspector for twenty-eight years, collecting plant fossils in the coal mines, and then after retirement, I explored outcrops (road cuts) in Southwestern Virginia and parts of West Virginia for an additional 2 years. For approximately twenty-six years, I taught introduction to geology courses at colleges in Cumberland, Kentucky, and Wise, Virginia. I started out in geology as a rock hound, collecting rocks, minerals, and fossils. By the end of high school, I decided to become a geologist and attended college. Actually, my parents insisted that I leave home because it was overtaken my rock samples. During high school and college, I practiced lapidary work, making jewelry from minerals and rocks. Presently, I am a coal miner instructor and a coal mining consultant.