A fossil Neuropteris from Baillieston.
Neuropteris was a type of seed fern which grew in the tropical rainforests which covered Scotland during the Carboniferous Period (360-290 million years ago). Seed ferns grew mainly along the natural embankments of rivers and came in a variety of shapes and sizes, from small trees to scrambling creepers.
Seed ferns, which are now extinct, differed from true ferns because they produced seeds. True ferns reproduce themselves through minute spores which are situated under the leaves.
Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Museums
Carboniferous Period, fossils, geology, Neuropteris, rain forests, seed ferns