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Very Distinct Metasequoia Frond From Canada
Stock Number  FPCA09

Name:   Metasequoia occidentalis
Age:  Eocene
Formation:  Tranquille Shale
Location:  Cache Creek, British Columbia, Canada
Size:  Frond is 2.9 inches long.

Here is a very distinct frond of Metasequoia occidentalis from the Eocene of Canada. Metasequoia was first known as a fossil from Pliocene deposits in Korea. In 1948, living specimens were discovered in a remote area of central China. Now, Metasequoia is widely cultivated throughout the world. This "Dawn Redwood" consists of a central stem with the individual "needles" oppositely attached. This frond exhibits wonderful detail and is nicely centered on the large, natural plate of shale. The dark brown fossil contrasts beautifully with the multi-colored matrix. This is a very well defined example of Metasequoia from the Tranquille Shale.