from of the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago,
to the Coal Forest.
purpose of this site is to provide information on the
Pennsylvanian Geological Period, and to display pictures of
fossils dating from the period that were found in the coal mines
of southwestern Illinois.
fossils displayed are from the roof rock above the Herrin #6
Coal, (a member of the Carbondale Formation) and came from Coal
Mines in St. Clair, Randolph and Washington Counties in Southern
Illinois, which is located on the southwest side of the Illinois
to the Illinois
State Geological Survey, the #6 coal was
deposited approximately 310 to 312 million years ago. In this
local area the coal seam averages 7 foot tall.
use the buttons to the left to navigate through the site,
and I hope you enjoy your trip.
Some sections are still under construction, and others are
on hold until I have time to develop them. I felt that
putting the information on line as soon as it was composed
was more important then having a completed polished web site
of the pages on this site are media intensive. Please read
some of the text while you wait for the pictures to load.
Many of the beautiful illustrations are well worth the wait!
is a site is the work of an amateur collector, and much time
has been spent trying to insure the proper classification
of all the displayed fossils. Any
errors in classification or any mistakes are mine alone.
I welcome comments and critical review by all visitors.
I hope that you will find this site informative and enjoyable.
LAST UPDATED: MARCH 3, 2002
click on the animation to the right.