Field Trip To Ione Basin--July 27-August 2, 2002

Western Foothills Of The Sierra Nevada

Amador County, California

Paleobotanist Howard Schorn stands in the newly dug fossil quarry in the Middle Eocene Ione Formation, western foothills of the Sierra Nevada, Amador County, California--our backhoe operator, with great skill and expertise, entrenched the fossiliferous horizon, carefully dumping in the process enormous quantities of large blocks of leaf-bearing shales all around the perimeter of the dig. Now, all Howard and I had to do was sit around on those piles and, with happy, methodical fossil-finding attentiveness, split the shales to bring forth paleobotanically invaluable leaves some 45 million years old. Image snapped in early afternoon on July 30, 2002.

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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