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Union Chapel Coal Mine vertebrate and invertebrate tracks
This story hasn't gotten much press, but here is the latest from Tuesday's
The Alabama Paleontological Society has been a leader in the effort to preserve
this unique site.
ANCIENT FOOTPRINTS IN PERIL: Mine reclamation may bury history
Mike Toner - Staff
Tuesday, September 9, 2003
Jasper, Ala. --- More than 300 million years ago, nature froze time in its
tracks here --- leaving a legacy of fossil footprints that paleontologists say
is now one of the richest records of coal age life in the world.
In the last three years, thin sheets of gray shale unearthed at the Union
Chapel Coal Mine in Walker County have yielded thousands of perfectly preserved
footprints of creatures that are older than the dinosaurs.
(See above links for the complete story.)