Fossil Plants, Insects And Frogs Near Virginia City, Nevada

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Fossil Plants, Insects And Frogs Near Virginia City, Nevada

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Not long ago, I uploaded a new page, entitled Fossil Plants, Insects And Frogs In The Vicinity Of Virginia City, Nevada over at http://inyo3.coffeecup.com/coalvalley/c ... ssils.html.

Contains a detailed text, with on-site images and photographs of fossils.

Situated not far from Virginia City and the Comstock Lode, a regional badlands area of predominantly lacustrine diatomaceous sedimentary accumulations--which contain prolific quantitieas of the aquatic, microscopic single-celled photosynthesizing diatom species Melosira granulata--with subordinant siliceous shales and volcanic constituents, produces a bonanza of late middle Miocene fossil material, including: deciduous and evergreen leaves; gymospermous seeds, leafy twigs, needles, needles, fascicles, cones and cone scales; diptera and hymenoptera insects, primarily (flies, gnats, midges and ants, for example); and skeletal elements (including complete skeletons) of a frog that resembles in general morhological aspect two modern amphibians--the Northern leapard frog, and the California Red-legged frog (the latter of course has been extirpated from roughly Los Angeles south to the northern Baja peninsula).

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Re: Fossil Plants, Insects And Frogs Near Virginia City, Nevada

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big thumbs up!
always interesting intense informative pages of yours
I enjoy perusing and picking up geological wonders

Ed

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