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My Current Favorite Fossil: The Gilboa Forest

By October 14, 2010

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gilboa forestYesterday was National Fossil Day (for the public—for geologists, every day is National Fossil Day). My recent trip to New York included a visit to a fine little exhibit of Middle Devonian tree stumps in the upstate hamlet of Gilboa, and those are my favorite fossils of the moment. Yes, not even my great-aunt's horn corals or my pyritized brachiopod or even my sample of dinosaur bone ranks higher in scientific significance than those humble sandstone lumps. Their discovery after a major flood in the 1850s helped make America a leading theater of geoscience. And repeated excavations at the site have confirmed that these were the world's first trees, making up the world's first forest. See a larger photo here, or add it to your list of New York geology sites to visit.
Fossil stump at Gilboa — Geology Guide photo

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October 16, 2010 at 12:15 am
(1) Matt A. says:

Mine is the fighting velociraptor and protoceratops from Mongolia, which I was fortunate to see in person… epic!

October 18, 2010 at 3:03 am
(2) sreenu says:

As a geophysist i have to about everything what happend inside the earth. by this article you have given information about recent fossils. i feel so happy.

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