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Take Me There Maybe Later
  • Title

    Ancient Colorado; Redwood and Roses

  • Artist

    Jan Vriesen and Kirk Johnson

  • Location

    Colorado Convention Center

  • Neighborhood

    Central Business District

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  • Artwork Type

    Acrylic Paintings

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Redwoods and Roses
Florissant Fossil Beds 
34 million years ago

Giant redwoods grew in Colorado 34 million years ago, the way they do along the coast of northern California today. Brilliant shafts of sunlight pierced the forest, illuminating patches of wild roses and palmetto shrubs. Tiny and timid oreodonts, distant relatives of today’s goats, nibbled rosehips among the trees.

Massive fossil trees provide mute testimony that Colorado hosted redwood forests during the Eocene Epoch. Massive tree trunks, foliage, ancient insects, and other fossils are preserved within the Florissant Formation at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument.