Fossil Alder And Sequoia - Cache Creek, BC

This is a fossil plant plate from the Eocene aged McAbee Fossil Beds in Cache Creek BC. It has an alder leaf (Alnus sp.) and a sprig of a dawn redwood (Metasequoia occidentalis). These fossil beds represent an ancient lake and the fossils were preserved in a fine layer of silt that build up over the years as diatoms in the lake bloomed and died.

I collected these fossils over a decade ago when the site was in private ownership. In 2012 the site was acquired by the Canadian government and declared a Canadian Heritage Site, so no additional material will be coming on the market from this site.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Alnus sp and Metasequoia occidentalis
LOCATION
Cache Creek, B.C., Canada
FORMATION
Traquille Shale
SIZE
Leaf 1.5" tall
ITEM
#1124
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