West Virginia Fossil Club


Bill Hurst in the field

Official WV State Fossil

Thanks to Delegate Mike Burdiss (Wyoming County) and Senator Roman Prezioso (Marion County), the State Legislature passed the resolution to designate Megalonyx jeffersonii the official State Fossil of West Virginia. The legislation was written and proposed by Ray & Mary Ellen Garton from Barrackville, Hassan Amjad from Beckley, Robert Pyle and Dave Phillips from Morgantown.

The photo in the left is of the claws and bones of the left hand. The photo on the right is an enlargement of one of the claws and is 6 inches around the curve. The photo at the bottom is an endocast of the brain case.

For more information, follow this link to web site of The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University's Thomas Jefferson exhibit.

Photo & text courtesy of prehistoricplanet.com

New Film Series

We will be featuring video presentations at the beginning of our meetings each month. Most videos will last approximately 30 minutes, although some may be longer. These videos will cover geography, plate tectonics, rock formation, minerals, and fossil formation. Details of the presentations will be listed here.


Mystery Fossils

Have you found something you think may be a fossil but don't know where to look for more information? Visit our fossil page to find information & links on the most common fossils found in West Virginia & the surrounding area. If you still can't identify it, e-mail a good quality photo to us & we'll try to help you.




Fossil Day in Moundsville, WV

Mysterious Rock

Read about Petrified Wood


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