3.9" Red Fossil Leaf (Eucommia) - Montana

This is a 3.9" long, fossil leaf (Eucommia serrata) from the Fort Union Formation of Montana. Eucommia is a genus of small trees now native to China, with a fossil record that shows a much wider distribution.

The color of the rock and the leaf is rather unusual, and different than most of the leaves seen from the Fort Union Formation. It was collected from a locality where a fire in a nearby coal seem "cooked" the rock at sometime in the past. This changed the color and gave it a chalky texture.

There are some small areas of touch-up restoration where bits of the leaf stuck to the opposite split half of the rock. There is a repaired crack through the rock where it broke during collection. Comes with an acrylic display stand.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Eucommia serrata
LOCATION
Glendive, Montana
FORMATION
Fort Union Formation
SIZE
3.9" long on 5.7 x 5.5" rock
CATEGORY
ITEM
#189049
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