Solite is often a strange site to excavate. After being swamped with Tanytrachelos specimens for 2 days, I don’t think we found any today. Instead, we found lots of plants. OK, we always find lots of plants at Solite, but these were interesting plants!
The cladogram-shaped plant at the top of the page is one of the larger intact plants we’ve collected (note the scale). Unfortunately, it’s probably not identifiable, but it is impressive-looking. We actually got this out in one piece.
This leaf is from some type of gymnosperm, possibly a conifer:
The next specimen may actually be the same type of plant; compressed plants will sometimes fold over in ways that greatly alter their appearance. It does seem that the leaflets are relatively more broad, though:
Nick, Andy, and David (and Pete Kroehler from the Smithsonian) will be digging again tomorrow, but I won’t be there most of the day because of other conflicts. I may have a post up on another topic Wednesday morning, and then I’ll get back to Solite.