Eocene fern fossil in shale

Virtual Museum ID: 19-OM01

Specimen Summary

This sample contains fossilized ferns. Fragments of the plants fell onto mud or fine silt and were covered by younger layers of mud and silt that also shut out oxygen and helped preserve the ferns. Over time, the sediments and plant matter were lithified, or turned to rock, preserving the leaves we see as fossils today.

Formed in a ‘fluvial’, or river, environment, perhaps in a small lake or pond on a flood plain. In a sheltered environment, leaves and other plant fragments could settle to the bottom and be preserved by the gradual build up of sediment.

Specimen Data


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Oliver & District Heritage Society Museum (OM)

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White Lake, B.C.

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11 (NAD83)

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Eocene fern fossil in shale

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