Eocene Conifer Plant Fossil from Cache Creek

Camaecyparis sp

Kingdom Plantae, Division Pinophyta, Class Pinopsida, Order Pinales, Family Pinaceae

Geological Time: Middle Eocene

Size: 155 mm X 65 mm

Fossil Site: McAbee Fossil Beds, Tranquille Shale, Cache Creek, British Columbia, Canada

CamaecyparisThis plaque displays an example of a coniferous tree. It is a sprig of White Cedar (Camaecyparis) with distinctive scale-like leaves from the lacustrine deposits of the McAbee Flora of the Eocene of British Columbia, Canada with fine preservational details. The region was dominated by a shallow lake. Plant matter which fell into the water was covered with a fine layer of silt which built up over the years as a result of deposition of diatoms which bloomed in the lake each spring and died in the summer. This is a fine example of the preservation for which this biota is known., The flora was dominated by conifers farther away from the lake, and elm, birch, beech, and alder near to the lakeshore.

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