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APS Monograph #1: Pennsylvanian Footprints in the Black Warrior Basin of Alabama, edited by Ronald J. Buta, Andrew K. Rindsberg, and David C. Kopaska-Merkel

This is the Society's first major paleontological publication. In 1999, APS member Ashley Allen scouted a surface coal mine in Walker County, Alabama, and discovered a treasure trove of vertebrate trackways and other trace fossils that had been imprinted on a tidal mud flat 310 million years before. The mine, known as the Union Chapel Mine to the company that owned it, and recently renamed the Steven C. Minkin Paleozoic Footprint Site, is recognized as the most prolific Carboniferous tracksite in the world.

APS Monograph No. 1 is the result of a five year collaboration between amateurs and professionals. It includes original research on the systematic paleontology of the fossils found at the site, the story behind the discovery, documentation, and preservation of the mine, a complete stratigraphic analysis of the rock layers at the site, the global context and significance of the site and, as a bonus, extensive atlases illustrating hundreds of the fossil traces and plants collected mainly by amateurs since the discovery.

A PDF of the monograph can be accessed at http://bama.ua.edu/~rbuta/monograph/monofiles/monofiles.html or for your own paper copy, see the order form below.

Monograph Table of Contents:


Foreword .......................................................................................................................................................................................... iii Preface .............................................................................................................................................................................................. iv

Acknowledgments and Dedication ................................................................................................................................................... v

In Memoriam: Steven C. Minkin 1947-2004 ................................................................................................................................... viii


PART I. SITE SIGNIFICANCE AND DISCOVERY ................................................................................................................ 1

    THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE UNION CHAPEL MINE SITE: A LOWER PENNSYLVANIAN

        (WESTPHALIAN A) ICHNOLOGICAL KONZENTRAT-LAGERSTÄTTE, ALABAMA, USA ...................................... 3

        Adrian P. Hunt, Spencer G. Lucas and Nicholas D. Pyenson

    DISCOVERY OF THE UNION CHAPEL MINE SITE ............................................................................................................. 15

        Ashley Allen

    THE SALVAGING AND DOCUMENTATION OF TRACE FOSSILS FROM THE UNION CHAPEL MINE .................... 19

        Ronald J. Buta and Steven C. Minkin


PART II. GEOLOGY AND PALEONTOLOGY ....................................................................................................................... 29

    PALEOENVIRONMENT OF THE CINCOSAURUS BEDS, WALKER COUNTY, ALABAMA .......................................... 31

        Steven C. Minkin....

    POTTSVILLE STRATIGRAPHY AND THE UNION CHAPEL LAGERSTÄTTE ................................................................ 39

        Jack C. Pashin

    BEHAVIORAL SIGNIFICANCE OF VERTEBRATE TRACE FOSSILS FROM THE UNION CHAPEL MINE SITE ...... 59

        Anthony J. Martin and Nicholas D. Pyenson

    INTERPRETATION OF THE TETRAPOD FOOTPRINTS FROM THE EARLY PENNSYLVANIAN OF ALABAMA ... 75

        Hartmut Haubold, Ashley Allen, T. Prescott Atkinson, Ronald J. Buta, James A. Lacefield, Steven C. Minkin

         and Bruce A. Relihan

    TETRAPOD ICHNOFACIES AND THEIR UTILITY IN THE PALEOZOIC ....................................................................... 113

        Adrian P. Hunt and Spencer G. Lucas

    TREPTICHNUS AND ARENICOLITES FROM THE STEVEN C. MINKIN PALEOZOIC FOOTPRINT SITE

        (LANGSETTIAN, ALABAMA, USA) ................................................................................................................................. 121

        Andrew K. Rindsberg and David C. Kopaska-Merkel

    TREPTICHNUS-LIKE TRACES BY INSECT LARVAE (DIPTERA: CHIRONOMIDAE, TIPULIDAE) ........................... 143

        Alfred Uchman

    LOWER PENNSYLVANIAN INVERTEBRATE ICHNOFOSSILS FROM THE UNION CHAPEL MINE, ALABAMA:

        A PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT ...................................................................................................................................... 147

        Spencer G. Lucas and Allan J Lerner

    FOSSIL PLANTS FROM THE UNION CHAPEL MINE, ALABAMA ................................................................................. 153

        David L. Dilcher, Terry A. Lott and Brian J. Axsmith

    ARTHROPOD BODY FOSSILS FROM THE UNION CHAPEL MINE ............................................................................... 169

        T. Prescott Atkinson

    GAS-ESCAPE STRUCTURES AND THEIR PALEOENVIRONMENTAL SIGNIFICANCE AT THE

        STEVEN C. MINKIN PALEOZOIC FOOTPRINT SITE (EARLY PENNSYLVANIAN, ALABAMA) ......................... 177

        Andrew K. Rindsberg


PART III. IMPACT ON AMATEUR AND PROFESSIONAL PALEONTOLOGY .......................................................... 185

    THE IMPORTANCE OF THE AMATEUR PALEONTOLOGIST ........................................................................................ 187

        G. E. Hooks, III

    ETHICS FOR COLLECTORS AND CURATORS OF FOSSILS .......................................................................................... 189

        Andrew K. Rindsberg

    SAVING THE UNION CHAPEL MINE: HOW A GROUP OF DETERMINED AMATEURS TEAMED UP WITH

        PROFESSIONALS TO SAVE A WORLD-CLASS TRACKWAY SITE IN ALABAMA ................................................ 191

        T. Prescott Atkinson, Ronald J. Buta and David C. Kopaska-Merkel

    THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE UNION CHAPEL MINE PROJECT ON ALABAMA PALEONTOLOGY ....................... 201

        James A. Lacefield and Bruce A. Relihan


PART IV. PHOTOGRAPHIC ATLAS OF UNION CHAPEL MINE FOSSILS .................................................................. 205

    ATLAS OF UNION CHAPEL MINE VERTEBRATE TRACKWAYS AND SWIMMING TRACES ................................. 207

        Hartmut Haubold, Ronald J. Buta, Andrew K. Rindsberg and David C. Kopaska-Merkel

    ATLAS OF UNION CHAPEL MINE INVERTEBRATE TRACKWAYS AND OTHER TRACES ..................................... 277

        Ronald J. Buta, David C. Kopaska-Merkel, Andrew K. Rindsberg and Anthony J. Martin

    ATLAS OF UNION CHAPEL MINE FOSSIL PLANTS ........................................................................................................ 339

        David L. Dilcher and Terry A. Lott


AUTHOR BIOGRAPHIES ........................................................................................................................................................ 367


INDEX .......................................................................................................................................................................................... 375




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