Fossil Leaf From The Dead Camel Range

Churchill County, Nevada

Middle Miocene Desert Peak Formation

This is essentially a complete leaf from an evergreen live oak, called scientifically, Quercus pollardiana, a species that is identical in every major delineating leaf characteristic to the modern canyon live oak, Quercus chrysolepis (also called a maul oak), now native to the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada and the coastal ranges of California. The specimen is 30 millimeters long in actual size.

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