WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) A Lycoming College professor has discovered a fossil right near campus.
The fossil has been identified as a Tetrapod which is a four limbed animal dated back to 365 million years ago.
At that time, Northcentral Pennsylvania was a vast flood plain, meaning animals were making the transition from water living to land living.
David Brossard, Assistant Professor of Biology found the fossil along Route 15.
“There are a lot of really interesting things around here that people don’t really know about and the way you find them is just prospecting on road sides. It might not be the most glamorous places in the world to work but there are some really unusual or significant types of fossils especially vertebrates and plants in this area.”
The Tetrapos specimen is now part of the vertebrate paleontology collections at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University in Philadelphia.