LAUREL LEAF

54-37 million years

Period: Eocene
Location: Green River Formation, Uintah County, Utah, USA

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The leaves and fruits of the family Lauraceae (origin: Asia) are a source for oil, while their leaves may also be used as a spice. The fossilized laurel leaf pictured, like all other plants, proves that laurels have not undergone evolution. Laurels that lived 54-37 million years ago have the same features as those alive today.

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