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New Fossils-Related Page--"A Visit To Fossil Valley, Great Basin Desert, Nevada" (A Miocene Classic)
Posted by: Inyo
Date: June 25, 2016 09:19AM
Rather recently I uploaded my latest paleontology-related web page, entitled A Visit To Fossil Valley, Great Basin Desert, Nevada ( http://inyo2.coffeecup.com/fossilvalley/fossilvalley.html ). Includes detailed text; images of fossils; and on-site photographs, as well.

It's cyber-visit to a world-famous desert district situated in Nevada's Great Basin geomorphic province that contains the most complete, diverse, terrestrial (land-laid) fossil record of Miocene life yet discovered in North America--and perhaps the world, as a matter of fact--a genuinely spectacular paleontological place that produces from the middle Miocene Esmeralda Formation an astounding association of well-preserved fossil material some 16.4 to 10.5 million years old, including: insects (preserved in exquisite detail along the bedding planes of very thinly stratified sedimentary rocks commonly called "paper shales"); plants (leaves, seeds, flowering structures, conifer needles and foliage, diatoms--a microscopic single-celled photosynthesizing aquatic plant that constructed silica "shells"/frustules--pollens, and petrified woods); stromatolitic, cyanobacterial blue-green algal developments; mollusks (gastropods and pelecypods); ostracods (a bilvalve crustacean); mammals; birds; fish; amphibians; turtles; and arachnids (spiders).

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Re: New Fossils-Related Page--"A Visit To Fossil Valley, Great Basin Desert, Nevada" (A Miocene Classic)
Posted by: Champ Ferguson
Date: June 25, 2016 11:26AM
Good link! Have saved the link for a more detailed reading later. Also, my wife is a micropaleonologist and she will want to see your diatom stuff. Thanks for putting that on the web.



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