Union Hill

Salesville Shale

Union Hill is a road cut just north of Mineral Wells, TX. I visited this site in 2003 and again in 2015.

To get there, go north on 281, a few miles out of Mineral Wells, turn left on Union Hill Road (FM3027).
Stop at the first road cut, about 2 miles.

Both sides of the road cut have a bounty of fossils laying loose on the surface.

The fossils are loose in the shale. At least a dozen or more different animals can be found.

Look for these at Union Hill.

They are the bases of a species of free floating crinoid.

Look carefully and you may find the pieces of the upper section of the cup and reconstruct the calyx.

This is a sampling of the other fauna at the Union Hill site.

February 9, 2015

My thanks to the Central Texas Paleontological Society for their hot tips!

Questions? E-Mail me: tngray@nautiloid.net

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