Dawn Redwood and Fruit from Tranquille Shale

Metasequoia occidentalis (Dawn Redwood)

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

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

Geological Time: Eocene

Size: Dawn Redwood Frond is 2.5 inches; Shale is ~ 4.9 by 2.9 inches

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

Code: ZPL140

Price: Sold

 Dawn Redwood and Fruit Fossils from Tranquille Shale McAbee Fossil BedsDescription: This plate displays fagus leaf from the lacustrine deposits of the McAbee Flora of the Eocene of British Columbia, Canada.North America in the EoceneInterestingly, This Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia) frond is of a genus that was first discovered in Korea over 60 years ago. The first living specimens were discovered in central China in 1944. There are also a few indeterminant seeds, fruits or cones.

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.

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