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Fossilised Leaf - Dawn Redwood/Metasequoia

A living fossil? Memories of a forest caught in stone.

Metasequoia occidentalis
Age: Oligocene (30 -23 million years ago)
Location: Muddy creek Formation, Montana, USA

Metasequoia (Dawn Redwood) were first described in the fossil record years before anyone found a living member of the genus. Imagine wishing you could have seen one of these trees; then being told one had been discovered alive and well in the middle of a forest.

The earliest Metasequoia fossils date from the Cretaceous period. The genus survived the end Cretaceous mass extinction event. They thrived and proliferated throughout the late Paleocene. During the Eocene and Oligocene they formed dense deciduous forests across North America and parts of Asia.

This sample has fossils on both sides. And the two photographs with an all white background show the front and back of the item. This is the item offered for sale.The photograph contrasting the fossil with a sprig of rosemary is for display only. Dimensions: 6 x 6 x 0.75 cm. All samples come with an information sheet about the fossil. This is a good starter fossil for someone starting a first collection. It would be good as a discussion point for a classroom or home school lesson.