5.25" Fossil Plant (Metasequoia, Betula leopoldae) Plate - McAbee, BC

This is a fossil leaf plate from the McAbee fossil beds of British Columbia, Canada. It contains a sprig of leaves from the genus Metasequoia measuring 2.85". Additionally, there is a partial leaf of the species Betula leopoldae measuring 2 inches long, as well as some overlying leaves possibly related to the genus Decodon, the larger of which is 2.25 inches long.

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.
Betula leopoldae, Metasequoia sp.
McAbee Fossil Beds, Cache Creek, BC, Canada
Tranquille Shale
Leaf: 2.85", Rock: 5.25 x 4.4"
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