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Geosciences 2016 , 6 , 21; doi:10.3390/geosciences6020021 S1 of S7 Supplementary Materials: Museum specimens recovered from Clover Creek, Idaho Mike Viney and Dagmar Dietrich In 1895 a party of surveyors discovered fossilized tree branches protruding a meter above the ground along Clover Creek in Idaho, USA. Foote Brothers of Philadelphia purchased nearly two tons of the material, which was subsequently distributed across the globe. Many specimens found their way into major museums. This document represents museum specimens currently identified (Figures 1–11). Only recently rediscovered, the site produces small hand samples of varying quality (Figure 12), making museums the best hunting grounds for examples of this historic find. Originally, the locality was reported as being in Lincoln County, Idaho, but present county boundaries now place the site in Gooding County. The 2014 rediscovery of the site is described by Viney et al. [1]. GPS coordinates are 42°59’46.70”N, 115°00’28.66” W, elevation 1009 m (3300 feet). It is surprising that little was written in the 20th Century about the Clover Creek oak since multiple specimens found their way into major museums in Europe, America, and Canada. If any readers have examples of Clover Creek fossil oak, or any information that will add to the historical understanding of this most intriguing fossil locality, please contact Mike Viney (e-mail: [email protected]). Smithonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Washington D.C., USA (NMNH) ( a ) ( b ) Figure S1. Specimen NMNH 84401, recorded as a transfer from the United States Geological Survey in 1899. ( a ) The sample on display (Photo: Beth Myers); ( b ) The same specimen on two first day of issue envelopes released in 1974 for stamps celebrating American mineral heritage; a detailed history of the specimen was not given (Photo: Mike Viney).
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