“The Union Chapel fossil site (now known as the Steven C. Minkin Paleozoic Footprint Site) is globally important as the first large Carboniferous tracksite discovered in the world and as the first significant Paleozoic tracksite found in the eastern United States.”
—Hartmut Haubold, Institute of Geosciences, Martin-Luther-University, Germany
“The collection and cataloging of fossil trackway material from the Union Chapel Mine has provided a unique opportunity for the professional and the amateur paleontological communities to share in a scientifically significant undertaking. Determined efforts by members of the Alabama Paleontological Society to salvage the mine’s rich and taxonomically diverse fossil vertebrate and invertebrate trackways before the impending reclamation of the site has resulted in a treasure trove of material that should provide important insights into the paleoecology of Coal-Age Alabama for many years to come.”
—Jim Lacefield, author of Lost Worlds in Alabama Rocks: A Guide to the State’s Ancient Life and Landscapes
—Douglas W. Haywick, associate professor of geology, Department of Earth Sciences, University of South Alabama
About the Author
David C. Kopaska-Merkel is section chief of petroleum systems and technology at the Geological Survey of Alabama and a member of the National Center for Science Education. Both Buta and Kopaska-Merkel are members of the Alabama Paleontological Society and coeditors of Pennsylvanian Footprints in the Black Warrior Basin of Alabama.