5.6" Fossil Flora Plate - McAbee Fossil Beds, BC

This is a 5.6" wide flora fossil plate from the Tranquille Shale of Cache Creek, British Columbia. It contains multiple pine needles of the genus Pinus that are preserved in great detail, alongside two Metasequoia branchlets. A partial Ginkgo dissecta leaf can be seen along one edge of the shale. Metasequoia is also known as Dawn Redwood and was thought to be extinct until a living population was discovered in China.

Comes with an acrylic stand.

The Tranquille Shale of southern British Columbia was formed during the Eocene, about 50 million years ago: as diatoms in the lake bloomed and died in an ancient lake covering the region, fossils were preserved in the lakebed in accumulating fine layers of silt. In 2012 the McAbee Fossil Bed was acquired by the Canadian government and declared a Canadian Heritage Site, so no additional material will be coming to the market from the site.

Disclaimer: We are not paleobotanists, and as such our identification of these leaves may not be 100% accurate. We try our best to provide the most accurate result, but occasionally we fall short.
Pinus sp. & Metasequoia sp.
McAbee Fossil Beds, Cache Creek, BC, Canada
Tranquille Shale
Needles: 2.25", Rock: 5.6 x 4.7" Rock
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