Gilboa Fossil Forest

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Gilboa tree fossil

Gilboa Fossil Forest, New York, United States, is a petrified forest and one of the oldest known forests.[1][2] Located near the Gilboa Dam in Schoharie County, New York, the region is home to tree trunks from the Devonian period. The fossils, some of the only survivors of their type in the world, are believed to have been from one of the first forests on Earth, and was part of the Earth's afforestation. Paleobotanists have been interested in the site since the 1920s when construction work for a water supply project found several large, vertical fossilized stumps. Some of these remain on display at the Gilboa Dam site (42°24′1.46″N 74°27′0.49″W / 42.4004056°N 74.4501361°W / 42.4004056; -74.4501361) and the New York Power Authority Blenheim-Gilboa Visitor's Center in Schoharie County and at the New York State Museum.[3]


  1. ^ Goldring, W (1927). "The oldest known petrified forest". Sci. Mthly. 24: 514–529.
  2. ^ Stein, WE; Mannolini, F; Hernick, LV; Landing, E; Berry, CM (2007-04-19). "Giant cladoxylopsid trees resolve the enigma of the Earth's earliest forest stumps at Gilboa". Nature. 446 (7138): 904–7. doi:10.1038/nature05705. PMID 17443185. S2CID 2575688.
  3. ^ Merriman, T. (1925-06-12). "The Gilboa Fossil Forest". Science. 61 (1589): 611. doi:10.1126/science.61.1589.611-a. ISSN 0036-8075. PMID 17792719.

Further reading[edit]

  1. Staff Writers, Binghamton, NY (SPX) Apr 23, 2007, Mystery Of Oldest Trees Unraveled
  2. Geoff Ryan (718/595-6600), September 25, 2000, Rare Fossil Trees To Be Moved To New Site In Gilboa [1]
  3. Staff Writers, Cardiff. NY (SPX) Apr 20,2007, Mystery of Fossilized Trees Is Solved
  4. Michael Hill, Albany, NY (AP) June 3, 2007, Fossilized tree found in N.Y. [2]
  5. Rachel Coker, Binghamton Univ., NY April 19, 2007, Volume 28, No.27., Faculty member helps unravel mystery of Earth's oldest forest [3]

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Coordinates: 42°23′48.98″N 74°27′7.84″W / 42.3969389°N 74.4521778°W / 42.3969389; -74.4521778