At the close of Carboniferous times a marked change took place in the nature of the earth-movements.
On the whole the Carboniferous seems to have been a time of subsidence in the West.
Calamites are among the most abundant fossil plants of the Carboniferous period, and occur also in the Devonian.
The first is in veins in the Carboniferous or mountain limestone.
The Carboniferous genus, Pleuracanthus, has about 115 vertebræ.
The species are chiefly confined to rocks of the Carboniferous age.
Some of the forms reckoned as specific in the Devonian and Carboniferous formations may be really derivative races.
Atrina; fossil and recent, from Carboniferous to present day.
Heer and Goldenberg suggested that Carboniferous cockroaches fed on the plants with which they have been found as fossils.
Their remains are found in the Devonian and Carboniferous deposits.
1830 with reference the geological period, from a word formed in English in 1799 to mean "coal-bearing," from Latin carbo (genitive carbonis) "coal" (see carbon) + -ferous "producing, containing, bearing," from ferre "to bear" (see infer). The great coal beds of Europe were laid down during this period. As a stand-alone noun (short for Carboniferous Period) from 1940s.
The period of geologic time from about 360 to 286 million years ago. The term is used throughout the world, although this period of time has been separated into the Mississippian (lower Carboniferous) and Pennsylvanian (upper Carboniferous) in the United States. During this time, widespread swamps formed in which plant remains accumulated and later hardened into coal. See Chart at geologic time.