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Life restoration of Neuropteris

Neuropteris is a type of seed fern that existed during the Carboniferous Period.


Neuropteris was a seed fern. This meant that instead of reproducing by spores like modern ferns, it reproduced by way of seeds.[1]

Classification and Discovery[]

A slab of shale containing several examples of Neuropteris

Neuropteris was described by Nicaise Auguste Desvaux, a French botanist. There are many species in the genus, one of the more prominent being Neuropteris loschi.


Neuropteris is fairly common in certain shale and coal deposits and is found across the Northern Hemisphere,[2] particularly in such countries as France, England, and the Netherlands[3] as well as the American states of Pennsylvania, Illinois, and West Virginia.[4]