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Rare Eocene Araliophyllum quina Leaf Fossil from Hawes Quarry Colorado

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Rare Eocene Araliophyllum quina Leaf Fossil from Hawes Quarry Colorado
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Araliophyllum quina (Araliaceae Family Leaf - Ivy relative)

Age : Eocene (48 Ma)
Formation : Parachute Creek Member / Green River Formation
Locality : Hawes Quarry, Rio Blanco, Colorado

Leaf : 4.2 x 0.3 cm

Araliaceae is a family of flowering plants, also known as the Aralia family (after its type genus Aralia) or ivy family. The family includes 254 species of trees, shrubs, lianas and perennial herbaceous plants in two subfamilies. Species usually bear pinnately or palmately compound leaves, and usually have small flowers produced in large panicles.

The family from tropical area origin is present in cooler climates, too. In modern times, they are found in the Americas, Eurasia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia and Pacific islands.

The systematics of Araliaceae are currently under study, and taxonomic changes and novelties are to be expected. Endemic Araliaceae are found in the pluvial montane forest, very humid montane, and humid lowland river forest regions. They are present, too, in laurel forest, cloud forest and warm, humid habitats. The family is closely related to Apiaceae and Pittosporaceae, and the boundaries between these families and other members of Apiales are still uncertain.
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The Green River Formation is famous worldwide for its fossil fish and other associated fauna (reptiles, birds, mammals, & plants). The Green River Fm. also provides us a rare snapshot glimpse into life 49 million years ago.

The preservation of the fossil insects in the Hawes Quarry are just spectacular, some good enough to allow not only identification to family and subfamily, but will sometimes show color patterns, wing venation, and sex-related characters.

This fossil specimen was collected by William Hawes, from his quarry, the Hawes Quarry, in Rio Blanco County, Colorado. The Hawes Quarry has produced some of the most amazingly beautiful insect and plant fossils from the Green River Fm. and these represent the hand selected, choice picks, from Hawes years of collecting in the mountains of Colorado.

Specimen will come with an identification card.

Scientific Classification :
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Apiales
Family: Araliaceae
Genus: Araliophyllum
Species: quina

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