Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Caesalpinites sp. leaf from the Green River formation

Here is another fossil leaf from the Parachute Creek member of the Green River formation (Eocene, Lutetian stage) that I purchased because it came with an ID. It's a leaf called Caesalpinites sp.  The fossil is small and somewhat faint against the rock but you can make out the central vein and overall shape of the leaf.  This specimen comes from a site near Bonanza, Utah.  I'm having a hard time finding any more info about this genus to try and narrow down the species. I've seen other leaves labelled as Caesalpinites falcata from the same area but they look different than my specimen. It could be a different species or maybe the plant had different shaped leaves on different areas. 

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