An Overview of the Upper Carboniferous Fossil Deposit at Linton, Ohio
The cannel coal that underlies the Upper Freeport coal (Westphalian D, Upper Carboniferous) at Linton in Jefferson County, Ohio, has yielded a remarkable fossil assemblage of at least 10 invertebrate taxa and nearly 40 vertebrate taxa. Spirorbid worms, crustaceans (primarily syncarids and conchostracans), and fishes (coelacanths, haplolepid palaeoniscoids, and xenacanth sharks) are the most abundant fossils in the deposit; small aquatic amphibians (including nectridean, temnospondyl, and aistopod species) are also common. Other arthropod and tetrapod taxa are exceedingly rare and possess obvious adaptations for terrestrial existence.
Author Institution: Department of Paleobiology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution and Museum of Natural History, Princeton University
The Ohio Journal of Science. v88, n1 (March, 1988), 55-60