An Expedition to Return a Living Fossil to Oregon

In 2005, Oregon declared Metasequioa, or the Dawn Redwood, the official state fossil. It was thought that the Metasequoia went extinct. However, a tree was discovered in China in the 1940’s. The rediscovery and reintroduction of the living tree to Oregon is an exciting tale of intrigue worthy of Indiana Jones including sacred shrines, wars, revolutions, and treks through exotic lands.

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The Bones in the Bog

After spending 6 hours on site, I found three bones: a frog femur and pelvis, and a spine from a stickleback fish. These were tiny and a bit underwhelming for any common observer, but I felt like I had won the jackpot!

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