Dawn Redwood from John Day Fossil Beds

Plant fossils:

Metasequoia sp (dawn redwood conifer)

Class Pinopsida, Order Pinales, Family Cupressaceae

Taxodium sp (conifer in cypress family)

Class Pinopsida, Order Pinales, Family Cupressaceae

Geological Time: Oligocene

Size: Metasequoia fronds are 60 and 45 mm long, matrix is about 70 by 80 mm

Fossil Site: John Day Formation, Oregon

Code: ZPL145

Price: $75.00


Dawn Redwood from John Day Fossil BedsDescription: This plate from the John Day Fossil Beds in Oregon has two nice Metasequoia fronds. Also called dawn redwood, the metasequoia genus was believed extinct until 1944 when the first living specimens were discovered in China. For this reason, dawn redwood is sometimes termed a living fossil. Metasequoia fossils are known from the Cretaceous to Pliocene from numerous North American plant fossil sites. There are also small springs of another conifer, taxodium, a cypress. This plant fossils come from a very old collection, some 50 to 60 years old, the plant fossil collection of a husband and wife who combed more than 100 plant fossil sites, almost all of them west of the Mississippi River.

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