By Steven L. Stephenson
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The most distinctive feature of Calamites was the trunk, which had longitudinal ribs, appeared to be segmented (or “jointed”), and produced both branches and leaves in whorls (fig. 12). The leaves were small and needle-shaped, with up to twenty-five per whorl. The mature trunk was hollow, and when the plant died and fell to the ground it often filled with sediment. When the sediment hardened into rock, the resulting fossil had the shape SEED FERNS The plant fossils that we collected near Fairfax Stone on the visit mentioned at the beginning of chapter 1 included numerous examples of fern-like leaves, and based on appearance alone these would have been identified as ferns (fig.
When both the fossils and the rocks in which they occurred were subjected to intensive study, it turned out that these fossil seeds, which date back to about 360 million years, predated any other examples that had been reported at the time (Gillespie, Rothwell, and Scheckler, “The Earliest Seeds”). In other words, they were the earliest fossils of seeds then known to science. Later the plant that produced the seeds was named Elkinsia polymorpha (fig. 14). Although they would not have been a conspicuous element of the coal swamp forests of the Carboniferous, true ferns were present along with the seed ferns.
Because these small to medium-sized mammals require much smaller areas of suitable habitat to survive, they would have had an advantage over their larger counterparts. But this is probably only part of the explanation. Whatever the case, only six large mammals were still present in the Central Appalachians when the first Europeans arrived. , various nuts and berries). The usual habitat of the passenger pigeon was the deciduous forest region of eastern North America, although the habitat was known to extend as far west as British Columbia.