Description: The flanks of the Rocky Mountains are covered in tropical rainforest. Tall trees and dangling vines set the scene for a stately forest-floor cycad. It's been 1.4 million years since the asteroid wrecked the world of the last dinosaurs, but it has been long enough for the evolution of a surprisingly diverse forest. Large leaves and leaves with drip tips are indicative of high rainfall and warm temperatures. In the foreground, an obscure animal known only as stylinodontine taeniodont makes its way through the undergrowth composed of round-leaved herbs and cycad seedlings.
Artist: Jan Vriesen
- Denver Formation
Best Viewing Spot:
Rock Fossil Rainforest
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