Liquidambar fossil leaf

Liquidambar fossil leaf

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Caption: Liquidambar fossil leaf. Rock containing a fossilised specimen of a leaf from the plant Liquidambar europaeum. The specimen measures 6 by 8 centimetres. Liquidambar plants first appeared in the Cretaceous and several species are still extant today. This specimen was part of the flora found in the region around Saint-Marcel d'Ardeche and Theziers in the Rhone Valley in southern France. It dates from around 5 million years ago during the Pliocene when the climate was warmer. This specimen is part of the Depape collection of the Science Faculty at Lille Catholic University, Lille, France.

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