A male pollen cone and leafy branch fossil of Araucaria huncoensis

A male pollen cone and leafy branch fossil of Araucaria huncoensis

To the left an exceptionally preserved male pollen cone of Araucaria huncoensis, and to the right a leafy branch fossil of Araucaria huncoensis

Pictured left is an exceptionally preserved male pollen cone of Araucaria huncoensis showing characteristic cylindrical shape and many long, pointed bracts at the base. Pictured right is a leafy branch fossil of Araucaria huncoensis, showing rare preservation of a branching point connecting two leafy branch segments and a connected growth point on the right segment. The branches are usually shed from the tree as individual segments.

IMAGE: Gabriella Rossetto-Harris, Penn State University