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Prehistoric tracks discovered in Walker County, part of great mine site

April 12, 2010

Today we have a new bit of evidence about our past, way back to prehistoric times, when a salamander-type creature the size of a wolf lived in Walker County. On Easter weekend, as part of a trip organized by Fresh Air Family, a Walker County woman found fossilized tracks dating back 300 million years.

The find provides further evidence of the richness of the Union Chapel Mine site, which was discovered in 1999 by a high school scienece teacher. Today owned by the state of Alabama, the site has produced thousands of plant fossils and tracks like these, many of which are already part of the collection at McWane Science Center and other museums across the country.

Find out more in the report in The Birmingham News, and look for opportunities to be part of such discoveries yourself through two great partners of your Community Foundation, Fresh Air Family and the McWane Science Center.

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