I have never come across this site before and I am very impressed with the discussions taking place here!
I am a secondary school science teacher and I showed some of my pupils this fossil that I found at the weekend at a resevoir in Leeds. I am here because I was faced the inevitable question of: "Sir, what is it?"....can you help me answer this question please?
I found around 20 fossils of the same plant in the same day but this is the best specimen.
Very nice specimen! It is indeed a fossil plant - it is called Neuropteris. The specimen is Carboniferous age.
Very nice! Mr Kirk.
It looks 3D - go get some more and show us.
Possibly one of the best I have seen.
Good id by Thomas.
Great finds Mr kirk.
I think it's a Neuropteris Loshchi. I fossil hunt near Leeds. You can also find:
Trigonocarpus (trigonocarpus parkinsoni is the most common) Trigonocarpus fossils are only found as seeds, no leaves or stems.
There are also many other species, but these are the most common.
I'm pleased you all like it! These are the first set of fossils I have found and I must admit, I think I have caught the bug! I am a (living) plant scientist by training but I have a new admiration for the 'dead stuff' now.
Thank you Thomas and Dan for you identifcations. I will be back at the resevoir in the morning Tabfish and Mike!
All the best
Seeing I had so much success with the identification of the Neuropteris fossil, has anyone got any idea what this strange rock is that was found alongside the fossil fronds?
I figure it is probably just a pebble but I would be keen to find out what the radial grooves are around central feature
Thanks, hope this gets some of you scratching your heads!
Could we see photos of the other side, and of each 'end', please.
With seeds, the ends can be useful in differentiating seeds from concretions, since one/both ends may have scars where the pedicel and/or stigma attached (though, with the earliest seeds, there was no stamen).
Hi. I'm 90% sure it's a worn trigonocarpus seed. Here is a similar fossil which comes from Wigan.