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“Cretaceous California” is a view of the terrestrial-marine interface of the Moreno Shale region, covered in shallow seas during the Cretaceous period. It features flora and fauna found in the fossil record, including¬†Margeriella Cretacea, the extinct Moreno Conifer.¬†I accompanied a BLM crew and expert paleontologists on an excavation of fossil remains that were later identified as a mososaur.

This piece served as an engaging focal point for numerous applications: Published on the BLM website, on-site interpretive panels for the general public, this piece also visited the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History in an educational exhibit featuring the history of fossil-finding in the Moreno Shale region.

Below are three detailed illustrations of the extinct Moreno conifer, Margeriella cretacea: a full view, a close-up of a branch tip with needles 12 inches long, and a black and white magnified view of scales and cross-section of a single needle.

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