Cumberland Series, Pictou Coalfield (Carboniferous to of Canada)

Where: Nova Scotia, Canada (45.7° N, 62.7° W: paleocoordinates 6.3° S, 4.3° W)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

• local area-level geographic resolution

When: Cumberland Formation, Westphalian to Westphalian (318.1 - 306.9 Ma)

• Lies either unconformably or disconformably above the Bass Point formation of the Riversdale series and unconformably below the Pictou series.

• formation-level stratigraphic resolution


• Maximum thickness of 7,000 feet of freshwater sediments, comprising variable quantities of conglomerate, sandstone, shale, and coal.

Preservation: adpression, coalified

Primary reference: W. A. Bell. 1940. The Pictou Coalfield, Nova Scotia. Canada Geologic Survey (Memoir 225) [A. Rees/D. Sunderlin/D. Sunderlin]more details

PaleoDB collection 12031: authorized by Robert Gastaldo, entered by Jonathan Allen on 01.10.2001

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

 Filicinae -
"Alethopteris sp." = Pecopteris (Alethopteris)
"Alethopteris sp." = Pecopteris (Alethopteris) Sternberg 1825
  - Polypodiaceae
 Equisetales - Equisetidae
 Coniferales -
 Radiatopses - Medullosaceae
Neuropteris gigantea
"Neuropteris gigantea" = Paripteris gigantea
"Neuropteris gigantea" = Paripteris gigantea Sternberg 1825
 Gigantopteridales - Gigantopteridaceae
"Megalopteris kellyi" = Gigantopteris
"Megalopteris kellyi" = Gigantopteris
 Callistophytales -