19 March 2015
Zoophycos trace fossils in Mahantango Formation, Fort Valley
Posted by Callan Bentley
Spotted these lovely ichnofossils this morning in the southern Fort Valley, on Saint David’s Church Road.
These are all wet because I washed and scrubbed the outcrop in preparation for GigaPanning it.
Unwashed heathens follow…
Zoophycos is a helical feeding trace fossil – the signature of some critter systematically mining the mud in its vicinity for digestible organic content. This outcrop is really great, and I hope to share a GigaPan version of it with you soon.
There is some great Zoophycus in the Mahantango in eastern PA.
Hi Callan, these are really interesting as I’m working on something very similar right now. I realise this post was a while ago now but keen for some more details, are these traces published somewhere? Are you pics of bedding plane surfaces? Are the traces more of less flat/planar? With no vertical component? I would love to chat some more about this! Cheers, Heidi