Sphenopteris sp.

This fossil seed (above) was found in association with the sphenopteris leaf and stem specimen shown (left).

Specimens are shown actual size.




Rock Type: Sandy shale
Formation: Kanawha
Interval: Douglas seam
Age: Middle Pennsylvanian Period, approx. 316 million years.


Location: Nicholas County, West Virginia. Collected from a shale outcrop along State Route 19 just south of bridge crossing Gauley River (headwaters of Summersville Lake), about 2 miles south of Summersville, West Virginia.