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State Lands to Hold Fossil Site Dedication March 12
March 07, 2005
The State Lands Division of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will dedicate the Steven C. Minkin Paleozoic Footprint Site Saturday, March 12 at
The site, which is located in
Many experts in the field of ichnology, the study of fossilized tracks, have touted this area to be one of the best fossil trackway sites of the Pennsylvanian Period in the world. The fossilized tracks, dating back 310 million years, were created in the vast mudflats that covered the Jasper area when the ancient coastline reached far into the present-day inland areas. Since the discovery of the site, the Alabama Paleontological Society has collected and catalogued over 2,000 fossils of early Pennsylvanian-age amphibian trackways and other trace fossils.
The State acquired the property in 2004. The site will be managed by the State Lands Division for scientific research and to promote educational programs about
The site was in jeopardy of being covered up due to the requirements of the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act of 1977, which mandates that vacated mines be restored to their original state. Through legislation introduced by Congressman Robert Aderholt and the concerted efforts of the Alabama Paleontological Society, Geological Survey of Alabama, New
The site is being renamed for the late Steven C. Minkin in recognition of his contribution to understanding
To view images of the fossils, visit http://bama.ua.edu/~rbuta/monograph/.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of