Triassic Thickets: Placerville, Colorado, 225 Million Years Ago

Uploaded: Jan. 13, 2014, 1:38 p.m. | Modified: June 19, 2019, 7:14 p.m. | Albums: Ancient Landscapes of Colorado with Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Late Triassic, 225 million years ago (Dolores Formation). This scene shows the plants developed on a broad coastal plain in western Colorado near Placerville.

Plants depicted: Neocalamites, Sanmiguelia

This preliminary version is part of a joint project between the Interactive Geology Project at the University of Colorado Boulder and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. The nature paintings at the Colorado Convention Center and Denver Museum of Nature and Science are being animated.

Scene is based on the painting "Triassic Thickets" (Colorado Convention Center)(courtesy Kirk Johnson and Jan Vriesen). A special thanks to James Hagadorn and Ian Miller (DMNS) for their input.

Scene by Joseph Rogers
Geologic age: 225Ma