Dustin Allen posted a new specimen in the group University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology from the myFOSSIL app. 2 years, 10 months ago2 years, 10 months ago2 years, 10 months ago
Dustin Allen has contributed specimen mFeM 74389 to myFOSSIL!
Almost looks like bamboo but I know that doesn’t grow there. Monster crinoid stem?
Fossil horsetail plant possibly
Hi @dustin-allen, would you be able to update this post with different angles of this specimen (and a scale for reference?), that can help with ID!
Paul is on the right track. This is likely from the genus Calamites. @mackenzie-smith can confirm
@vperez and @paul-mclain are correct. This is Calamites, the stem genus of an extinct horsetail.
Hey @dustin-allen ! This looks very similar to a Carboniferous tree ferns stem, which is unsurprisingly since Pineville is surrounded by Middle Pennsylvanian strata like the Breathitt Group and Hyde
*Breathitt Group, Pikeville Formation, and Hyden Formation.
I suspect it’s Calamites or in the Calamitacae family.
@dustin-allen using the information provided by @vperez and @mackenzie-smith you can update your classification, as well as the geologic context to help make this specimen research-grade!
A big crinoid fossil???