Prunus and Sequoia Fossil Leaves

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Prunus sp

Order Rosales, Family Rosaceae

Sequoia sp (Redwood)

Division Pinophyta, Class Pinopsida, Order Pinales, Family Cupressaceae, Subfamily Sequoioideae

Geological Time: Eocene

Size: The shale is ~ 4.8 x 5 inches

Fossil Site: McAbee Fossil Beds, Tranquille Shale, Cache Creek, British Columbia, Canada

Code: ZPL123

Price: Sold

Description: This shale displays fossil leaves of Prunus and Sequoia from the Eocene lacustrine (i.e., lake) deposits of the McAbee Fossil Beds (commonly called Tranquille Shale) Cache Creek, British Columbia, Canada. The Prunus North America in the Eocenegenus includes many juicy fruits such as apricits, cherries, nextarines and peaches that are widely cultivated, and are in the same family as roses. Sequoia are the coniferous redwoods in the large Pinophyta Division, having but a single extant species of the genus, the giant Sequoia sempervirens in the U.S. left coast.

The McAbee Fossil Beds site is a Konservat-Lagerstätten owing to the exceptional preservation of the flora and fauna. The fossils are the most diverse known in British Columbia for plants and insects of the Eocene. Only a small fraction of the diversity has yet to be formally described. Some 76 plant genera are known so far. The fossil site was recently acquired by the British Columbia provincial government and declared a heritage site. As a consequence, specimens like this that were collected from before the declaration will become increasingly in demand as no further material will be available.

Also see: McAbee Fossil Beds in science section for plant information

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