Charles Craddock from Boxley Materials delivered another great plant fossil to VMNH yesterday morning. The new specimen is a four-foot long plant trunk from Boxley’s quarry in Beckley, West Virginia. I think all the fossil plant material at the Beckley Quarry comes from the lower Pennsylvanian New River Formation.
The new specimen appears to be a lycopsid (club moss), although I’m not yet sure what taxon it represents. Several different lycopsids are known from the Pennsylvanian sediments in the Appalachians, including Lepidodendron and Sigillaria.
We’ll be cleaning this specimen pretty quickly. Our plan is to display it in the coal swamp exhibit in the “Uncovering Virginia” hall later this year.