Pine Needle Fossil
This mudstone hosts two well preserved pine needles! These came from the Creede region and is the result of an aquatic wetland! Thirty million years ago the Creede Volcano, known for depositing precious metals in Creede, erupted and left a ten mile wide crater! A lake soon filled the crater and these fossils are all that remain! They date to about 25 million years old, coming from the Oligocene period. The two needles measure 17 mm and 10 mm in length.
This specimen is 107 x 68 x 8 mm and weighs 1.6 ounces.