of the Month - August
SEM image showing
the surface detail of a very remarkable leaf!
Vickulin, St. Petersburg, Russia
© Sergei Vickulin 1998
This 'Image of the Month' is
quite remarkable, and was generously submitted by Sergei
Vickulin, St. Petersburg, Russia. It is an SEM image of a leaf
surface .... a fairly fresh leaf perhaps to retain such crisp
detail .... but not quite as it's 41 million years old!
'Here is an SEM image of the
fossil cuticle from Russia (my personal materials) which may be
placed as an 'Image of the Month'. SEM shot showing leaf surface
sculpturing in fossil of 41 myr old (Paleogene, Middle Russian
Upland), myrtaceous mummified leaf compression. Adaxial surface
with raised stomatal rims is peculiar mainly to subtropical and
tropical species. Average stomatal dimensions: length 30 mm,
width 25 mm.
Regards, Sergei '
E-mail Address: vickulin@SV2351.spb.edu
Many thanks Sergei for sharing this wonderful
image, it's staggering that such wonderful detail is preserved!
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