From Carboniferous deposits in Campbell County, Tennesseee, this lofty spore-bearing tree stood in a silent, dense, swampy forest. 320 million years ago -- during the first the appearance of land animals.
These "Giant Club Moss" trees resembled palms crowned with spiky fronds. The green trunks were textured like alligator skin, leading the name "scale bark" tree.
Lepidodendron are extinct today.
This fossil was collected by Ms. Monday in Lafollette, Tennessee. If you are interested learning more about this specimen contact her at this E-Mail: