Ginkgo Fossil from Jurassic of United Kingdom
Time: Middle Jurassic Bathonian Stage
50 mm by 50 mm, 40 mm by 35 mm
Lower Long Nab Member, Scalby Formation, Scalby Ness, Yorkshire, United
This plaque displays examples of leaves from a Ginkgo tree from
the Jurassic deposits of the Scalby Formation with fine preservational
details. The fan-shaped leaves of most members are quite distinctive.
Gingko biloba is the only extant member. The deeper brown color
of the plant matter contrasts well with the lighter matrix, bringing
out the detail. The larger example is mostly the mold formed after
the leaf material has been lost. It is unusual for sandstone such
as this to preserve plant detail with such fidelity.
see: Living Fossils
Plant Fossils Ginkgo
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