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Lot 2019: Natural History - Metasequoia Fossil Foliage Group

Antiquities: Day 4

by TimeLine Auctions

December 9, 2016

London, United Kingdom

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Description: Eocene Period, 58-36 million years BP. A group of eight Metasequoia occidentalis mosaic foliage specimens from the McAbee Fossil Beds, Cache Creek, British Columbia, with other specimens. 588 grams total, 38-143mm (1 1/2 - 5 3/4"). From the Pradi Collection, Boston, USA acquired during 1980s. The McAbee locality occurs east of the town of Cache Creek, British Columbia along Highway 97. This deposit contains remains of a 50-million-year old forest that grew in the surrounding mountains and the basin containing the lake. Leaves, flowers, seeds and insects were transported by wind, rivers and streams into the lake, where they sank to the bottom. Diatoms (single celled algae encased in a silica shell) bloomed in the lake each spring and died in the summer. The steady rain of dead diatoms covered organic remains that sank to the bottom and over time formed the shale that encloses the fossils. This fine grained, silica rich sediment preserved many fine details. [8, No Reserve]

Condition Report: Fine condition.

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