Days Of Discovery In The Ione Basin

Western Foothills Of The Sierra Nevada

Amador County, California

One of my early, major fossil discoveries was made along this slope, marked by the blue arrow in roughly the middle of the image. Here, I found in the mid 1990s the first convincing, undeniable fossil palm reported from the Middle Eocene Ione Formation of the Ione Basin. I donated the specimen to Howard Schorn, who was at that date the Collections Manager Of Fossil Plants at the University California Museum Of Paleontology in Berkeley. The fossil now resides in the archival paleobotanical collections there.

Please note: All fossil localities in the Ione Formation of Amador County, California, presently occur on private property; explicit permission from the land owners must be secured before collecting fossils there.

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