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Thomas McLoughlin Shared His Expertise in Identifying and Classifying Plant Fossils from the Pennsylvanian Carboniferous Period

Rock hounds will love this atlas of plant fossils from the Pennsylvanian Period.

San Diego, California, USA – WEBWIRE

"This book has better photos as well as detailed drawings in color, charts, and a larger variety of fossil examples." - MG53, Amazon customer

Thomas McLoughlin’s “Atlas of Pennsylvanian (Carboniferous) Age Plant Fossils of the Central Appalachian Coalfields: Volume 2” was exhibited by the self-publishing and book marketing company ReadersMagnet at the 2023 Printers Row Lit Fest. The book fair took place at Printers Row Park, South Loop, Chicago, Illinois, last September 9-10, 2023.

ReadersMagnet supports self-published and independent authors in their publishing and marketing endeavors. One way the company does to support authors is to organize book signing sessions for them at major book events, such as Chicago’s Printers Row Lit Fest. Thomas McLoughlin was one of the authors to sign copies of his book and chat with readers at Readers Magnet’s booths during the outdoor literary event.

“Atlas of Pennsylvanian (Carboniferous) Age Plant Fossils of the Central Appalachian Coalfields” is a picture guide to fossil plants found in close association with the coal measures in the Central Appalachian Coalfields. Classification and identification of the specimens from the Carboniferous Period are made easier as the pictures are organized with useful information.

The specimens are sorted by groups. The sampling site locations are also listed by coal seam horizon and geographic location. Short descriptions of each group of fossil types are provided. This publication has been designed with amateur (rock hound) as well as a virtual guide for the more advanced collectors.

The book contains an explanation of the different groups of plants that are as close as possible to layman’s terms for easier understanding. 71 Plates and over 300 pictures and illustrations are in full color.

Purchase a copy of Thomas F. McLoughlin’s “Atlas of Pennsylvanian (Carboniferous) Age Plant Fossils of the Central Appalachian Coalfields: Volume 2” on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and ReadersMagnet Bookstore. Learn more about the author and his works by visiting

“Atlas of Pennsylvanian (Carboniferous) Age Plant Fossils of the Central Appalachian Coalfields: Volume 2”
Author: Thomas F. McLoughlin, Geologist M.S.
Published Date: October 19, 2022
Publisher: ReadersMagnet, LLC
Genre: Non-Fiction

Author’s Biography

Thomas F. McLoughlin earned his Bachelor of Science at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky. In December of 1979, he completed his Master Thesis in geology at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky. Then in June 1980, he joined the U.S. Department of Labor Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). He stayed with this agency as a geologist and coal mine inspector for almost 30 years collecting plant fossils in the coal mines and outcrops (road cuts) in southwestern Virginia. For approximately 26 years he taught Introduction to Geology courses at colleges in Cumberland, Kentucky, and Wise, Virginia. He started out in geology as a “rock hound” collecting rocks, minerals, and fossils. By the end of high school, McLoughin decided to become a geologist and attended college. His parents even insisted that he leave home because it was overtaken by his rock samples. During high school and college, he practiced lapidary work making jewelry from minerals and rocks.

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