Monday, July 27, 2015
Fossils and Burros
South central Colorado was certainly a different world some 34 million years ago, which we learned at the Florissant Fossil Beds. Currently it is forested with ponderosa pine, spruce, fir and aspen. Back then it was a warm temperate climate where tall redwood trees grew. Study of the tree rings showed that the redwoods of Florissant had more favorable growing conditions than those of the California redwoods of today. At this national monument we took a trail through the petrified forest of redwoods. Scientist figure that these redwoods once were 13 feet wide and as high as 250 feet.