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Thomas F. McLoughlin publishes 2nd volume on the plant fossils of the Central Appalachian Coalfields

The picture book features photographs and reconstructions of fossils found from the coalfields of Virginia, Kentucky, and West Virginia.


Trace the development of plants through time with this pictorial guide to the fossils from the Pennsylvanian era.

Thomas F. McLoughlin published “Atlas of Pennsylvanian (Carboniferous) Age Plant Fossils of the Central Appalachian Coalfields: Volume 2” (Trafford; 2018). This is a follow-up to the fossil guide that the author published in 2017, titled “Plant Fossil Atlas from (Pennsylvanian) Carboniferous Age Found in Central Appalachian Coalfields.”
The “Atlas of Pennsylvanian (Carboniferous) Age Plant Fossils” contains pictures and illustrations of common fossil plants from the late Carboniferous Period (Pennsylvanian). During this geological period, the vast swamp forests laid down the thick beds of dead plant material that today constitute most of the world’s coal. The fossils, many of which were also donated by coal miners and other fossil hunters, were found in the central Appalachian coalfields that cover the areas of southwest Virginia, southeast Kentucky, and southwest West Virginia.
Be in awe and wonder at the diversity and beauty of the plant fossils from the Pennsylvanian era. Order Thomas F. McLoughlin’s “Atlas of Pennsylvanian (Carboniferous) Age Plant Fossils of the Central Appalachian Coalfields: Volume 2” today. Purchase through Amazon (
Watch out for the public display of this fossil picture guide the upcoming Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on April 13-24, 2019 at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA.
Atlas of Pennsylvanian (Carboniferous) Age Plant Fossils of the Central Appalachian Coalfields: Volume 2
Written by Thomas F. McLoughlin
Published by Trafford Publishing
Published date: June 19, 2018
Paperback price: $25.99
About the Author
Thomas F. McLoughlin received his Bachelor of Science degree from Morehead State University (MSU) at Morehead, Kentucky in 1977. He then obtained his Master of Science in Geology degree from Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) in Richmond, Kentucky in the spring of 1980. McLoughlin joined the U.S. Department of Labor Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) in June 1980 and stayed with this agency as a geologist and coal-mine inspector for twenty-eight years, collecting plant fossils in the coal mines. After retirement, he explored outcrops (road cuts) in southwestern Virginia and parts of West Virginia for an additional two years. For approximately twenty-six years, McLoughlin taught Introduction to Geology courses at colleges in Cumberland, Kentucky, and Wise, Virginia. He is also a Merchant Marine. He is currently a coal miner instructor and a coal mining consultant.

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