Plant leaf

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The Bournemouth Plant Beds formed in a delta at the mouth of a river flowing into a sea about 47 million years ago. The vegetation would have been washed down the river in just the same way as we see happening today. The important difference is that the clays settling on the sea bed were very fine, and that allowed for the staggeringly detailed preservation of the plant material.

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Common name

Plant leaf

Scientific name

Angiosperm

Type

Wood & Plants


Strata

Poole Formation, Bagshot Beds

Time period

Tertiary

Age

47 million years

Where found

Unknown

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.13585