paleontology
The strange looking fossil almost resembled a snake to me.

I cracked open some sand stone and found this weird snake looking fossil. Help me out here.

Fossil Collector: Andy S.

Location: Durham, England

Editor: We like it when we can be so positive about something. This is certainly a fossil calamites from the swamps of the Carboniferous Period some 300- 360 million years ago. Calamites are an extinct horsetail plant that grew to giant proportions reaching 30 -100 feet tall. Durham was a different place back then!

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6 Responses to “Caboniferous Calamites”

  1. Lynn C says:

    Wow i was so excited to see this online as it is the same thing as I found yesterday while touring in the Beckley, West Virginia area. This is coal country. My specimen looks like a smaller piece of yours but the ribbed pattern is so distinctive I recognized it instantly! What a treat to know I picked up a 300 million year old extinct horsetail plant, just lying at my feet! Thanks for sharing. Isn’t it fascinating that the mountains of W VA and Durham, England both had this kind of plant, and that both these regions may well have had the same marshy terrain/climate???!!! Cool stuff.

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  2. Andy. S says:

    Hey, Lynn. That’s quite something! To think that both areas shared such an environment. I find it hard to even imagine what it would have been like with 30-100ft tall plants in a swampy area that my town is built on!

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  3. Chris Jones says:

    Found Identical behind my house, I live next to an old abandoned sandstone quarry in Burnley,Lancashire UK, amazed how fast I managed to identify this on google!

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  4. James Willhite says:

    A plant.

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  5. Keith Belcher says:

    thats awsome i found the same fossil in a creek bed in Williamsburg ,Kentucky 4 years ago while i was digging out rocks for decor for the flower bed. I haven’t been able to figure out wat it was, and then i found this pic. Mine is a bit bigger but wow its the same lines and segments. Ive been looking at this fossil under an led light and magnifying glass since i found it. and it feels so good to know what i found finally

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  6. Troy Bray says:

    ~350 million year old tree fern called Calamites

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