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The Carboniferous in Georgia, US

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Carboniferous Fossils

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Paleontology and geology

During the first part of the Carboniferous, shallow marine environments, such as tidal flats and channels, were common. By the Late Carboniferous, the Appalachian Mountains were undergoing a third episode of mountain building (the Allegheny Orogeny), as Gondwana slammed into North America. Erosion increased and clastic sediments (mostly sand) were deposited, creating extensive deltas that replaced the previous marine environments. Coal-forming swamps developed in the extreme northwestern part of Georgia. Marine fossils include bryozoans and blastoids, while ferns and lycopod trees are typical fossils found in the coal deposits.

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Education and Exhibits

Education and Exhibits

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Virtual Museum of Fossils: Geosciences, at Georgia's Valdosta State University, presents an interactive virtual museum of invertebrate and vertebrate fossil specimens. Explore the collection by animal, or by time period from Precambrian to Quaternary. Maps are detailed and include ecosystem distribution. Fossil photographs, many showing multiple views, list information about where the fossil was found, and how it is categorized taxonomically. Some pages feature a drawing of the animal's skeleton showing the fossil bone in red.

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