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The Gilboa Fossils Paperback – April 11, 2003

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  • Paperback: 102 pages
  • Publisher: New York State Museum (April 11, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555571727
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555571726
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
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By Dr. John W. Rippon VINE VOICE on September 11, 2008
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The Gilboa fossils represent an assemblage of life forms in the Upper Middle Devonian Period (Givetian) in the Catskill area of New York State. At the time, ~380 Mya, this part of the Laurentian Supercontinent was rotated about 90 degrees and lay a short distance south of the equator. The Gilboa life group formed at the edge of a sea in what is called the Catskill delta. The sediments were from a river draining mountains from the Acadian Orogeny. This was caused by collision of a small continent Avalonia with Laurentia which is now embeded in the eastern Appalachian Basin. The area extends to Rhode Island, Massachusetts, coastal Maine, Nova Scotia and eastern Newfoundland (Avalon Peninsula).
The first fossils found here were tree stumps in the 1850s by Samuel Lockwood, a minister. These were later names Eospermatopteris erianus, a Cladoxyilopsida. The commonest plants found after decades of exploration are Lycopsids, both arboreal and herbaceous, many Zosterophylls and Progymnosperms as Aneurophyton among others. It is now concluded that the Gilboa Lagerstatte represents a series of swamp forests with large trees and a considerable variety of undergrowth plants. Most of these did not have veined leaves and reproduced by spores. They were buried by recurrent flash floods with silts, sands and mud. Besides plants there are numerous invertebrates as spiders (some of the oldest records) mites, insects and vertebrates as Acanthodians and Placoderms with one labyrinthodont amphibian.
Gilboa itself was a small farming community (named after Mt. Gilboa in Palestine) adjacent to a stream gorge and the site of a mill. But in 1917 the state legislature deemed the area an ideal site for a reservoir to provide drinking water for New York City. So a dam was to be built that would inundate the area.
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