paleontology
Fossil fern leaves in red Kansas rock

Beautiful Kansas fern fossils reveal delicate leaves preserved in stone.

A selection of fern fossils from the fossil collection trip

A plant fossil treasure trove.

prehistoric plant bark

A piece of prehistoric bark is a tantalizing fossil. If there are some Kansas fossil hunters out there or fossil fern collectors, please post your comment to help identify these finds.

Location: Northeastern Kansas

The area is a near a man-made reservoir in NE Kansas. My hiking bud and I were doing just that, or planning on it: nice afternoon fall hike in the woods along a lake. We hadn’t made it far before I found a piece. Well, being the rock hounds we are, we spent most of our daylight looking for more fossils.

Farther down the lake shore there are a great many more rocks that I would assume may yield even more, larger and nicer specimens of fossils, but that’s for another day and a pair of rock hammers [for the] Kansas sandstone/limestone chert hillside. We have had many such fossil hikes but none that yielded ferns till now. Of course we will go back!

Collector: Sadie J.

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2 Responses to “Kansas Plant Fossils”

  1. Keith C Kraushaar says:

    My wife, Rita and I manage a museum in Riley, KS; Arts & Memories Museum. Where did you find your plant fossils?
    Thank you

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  2. Scott says:

    As an aside from the editor, if the Arts & Memories Museum has an interesting fossil your would like to share with us, please end us a photo and some information about it. Thank you!

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