Fossil Pine Branch & Leaves Preserved In Travertine - Austria

 
These are very detailed fossil leaves preserved in travertine, collected in the Tyrol region of Austria. The fir sprig is 2.9", for reference. Travertine is a form of limestone deposited by mineral springs, especially hot springs. Basically hot springs deposited layer upon layer of limestone on the leaves, preserving them as fossils. The deposits have been dated to ~ 12,000 years ago.

A paper on the travertine deposits of this region can be found at:

http://www.univie.ac.at/ajes/archive/volume_98/boch_et_al_ajes_v98.pdf

Comes with a display stand.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Unidentified
LOCATION
Mariastein, Tyrol, Austria
SIZE
2.9" fir sprig, 4.8 x 4.0" travertine
CATEGORY
ITEM
#113204
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