|PIERRE SHALE formation
of Eastern Montana
The Pierre Shale Formation is a division of Upper Cretaceous rocks
in the United States (the Cretaceous Period lasted from 144 to
66.4 million years ago). Named for exposures studied near old Fort
Pierre, S.D., the Pierre Shale occurs in
South Dakota, Colorado, Minnesota, New Mexico,
Wyoming, and Nebraska. The Pierre consists
of about 600 m (2,000 feet) of dark gray
shale, some sandstone, and many layers of
bentonite (altered volcanic-ash falls that
look and feel much like soapy clays). In
some regions the Pierre Shale may be as little
as 200 m thick. The fossil Cretaceous sea
turtle Archelon, the largest known turtle
species that ever lived, has been found in
Pierre Shale. (2005). Encyclopędia Britannica. Retrieved December 15, 2005, from Encyclopędia Britannica Premium Service http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-9059974.
However, the Pierre Shale Formation also covers a central Eastern portion of Montana, which is where the PMNS Curator and President dug in August, 2005. It is also exposed in Kansas and possibly other States not listed in the Encyclopędia Britannica just shown.
Here are some eART SCANs and photographs of fossils from the Pierre
Shale formation in Eastern Montana.
Some of these fossils will be on display at the PROCTOR MUSEUM of NATURAL SCIENCE in Houston, Texas, U.S.A.
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