This specimen is a fossil imprint from the bark of scale trees known as lycopods. These trees, named after their similar appearance to snake scales, could grow to over 100 feet tall and are commonly found in Michigan's rock layers.
Michigan's climate 320-390 million years ago was tropical and humid so the forests looked very different from Michigan forests we see today.
Discovery Kit: Fossils (October 25 2019) Discovery Kits include a variety of artifacts and specimens from the Museum’s Collection that allow students to investigate global and local objects. The Collections support the Museum’s mission of inspiring curiosity and discovery around science, history, and culture. Each kit includes objects from the Museums archives, helpful resources and suggested activities. Discovery Kits are a great way for teachers to incorporate primary source and object-based learning into the classroom or as a way to prepare for or extend a Museum visit.
Virtual Discovery Kit: Fossils (April 2020) Calling all paleontologists! Step back on the geological timeline to explore a variety of plant and animal fossils. Learn all about the science of fossils and how prehistoric creatures lived, ate, and moved about our world.