Pettycur, Railway Cutting (Carboniferous of the United Kingdom)

Where: Scotland, United Kingdom (56.1° N, 3.2° W: paleocoordinates 3.9° S, 0.4° E)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

• outcrop-level geographic resolution

When: Pettycur Volcanics Formation (Upper Oil Shale Group), Asbian (339.4 - 336.0 Ma)

• group of beds-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: terrestrial; shale

• The lavas of the Harbour section are underlain by a thin sedimentary sequence which outcrops at the Railway Cutting section. The mudstones within this sequence yielded some well preserved plant compressions, e.g. Lepidodendron sp. These sediments are overlain by a thick lava flow (20 m) which is faulted out by an east-west trending fault.

Size classes: macrofossils, mesofossils, microfossils

Preservation: adpression, permineralized, charcoalification

Collection methods: surface (in situ), chemical, mechanical, peel or thin section,

Primary reference: G. M. Rex and A.C. Scott. 1987. The Sedimentology, Palaeoecology and Preservation of the Lower Carboniferous Plant Deposits at Pettycur, Fife, Scotland. Geol. Mag. 124:43-66 [B. DiMichele/B. DiMichele/M. Kosnik]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 35925: authorized by Hallie Sims, entered by Jason Cassara on 11.01.2004

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Taxonomic list

• Lepidodendron sp. is the only occurrence stated in the text (Rex and Scott, 1997).
  - Lepidodendraceae
Lepidodendron sp. Sternberg 1820