Plant leaf

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These leaves are preserved in a very fine clay that was deposited in a delta where a river met the sea. Obviously the leaves were carried down the river from lush, tropical forests inland. The same process can still be seen today (see lower photo).

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Common name

Plant leaf

Scientific name

Angiosperm dicotyledon

Type

Wood & Plants


Strata

Poole Formation

Time period

Tertiary

Age

47 million years

Where found

Canford Cliff

Found by

Leonard William Whitemore

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.13696