Devonian Tree Stumps: The Gilboa Fossils

Ever since I first became interested in fossils I have wanted to take a ride out to Gilboa, N.Y., home to the lovely and unique Gilboa Museum. Dedicated to “…protecting the heritage of Gilboa, N.Y. and the cultural treasure of the Devonian Period Gilboa Fossils”, the museum is well known for the earliest known tree stumps ever found. Seems like every time I thought to make the trip (only an hour or so anyway) it was during the off-season.


That changed on Saturday while reading the latest edition of Art Daily, a wide ranging online art newspaper. A small ceremony was to be held the following day acknowledging the donation of a number of tree specimens to the New York State Museum. On hand was NYSM’s paleontology collections manager, Linda Van Aller Hernick, author of “The Gilboa Fossils”, and who, along with colleague Frank Mannolini, discovered an entire tree crown   (the only one known, I believe) back in 2004.

So, on a beautiful summer Sunday afternoon, we all sat under a tent, listening to fine local music, eating a potluck lunch, and hearing about 380 million year old tree stumps. The whole of central New York is absolutely beautiful. The landscape is stunning and the small towns are full of shooting opportunities. Even if you have no interest in fossils, a trip to Gilboa is a great way to spend an afternoon.

To read more about the event:
To learn more about the Gilboa Museum:
To learn more about the N.Y. State Museum:

And now, in my ongoing effort to explore the rock of previous posts, here are a few more, newly exposed fossil images:

As always, additional images can be viewed at my website:


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