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  1. Harry Pristis

    pine cone

    From the album: PLANT, WOOD & MINERAL SPECIMENS

    In the Early Pleistocene, about two million years ago, this pine cone cob was driftwood in the paleo Santa Fe River. The waterlogged wood sank to the bottom in a basin in the river channel. They became buried in a highly organic mud during seasonal flooding. This anaerobic, low-energy burial preserved fine details such as bark and even insect borings. The cob is thoroughly mineralized with apatite -- it 'clanks' when two pieces are tapped together. It is not "silicified" as labeled. This pine cone cob is dated biochronologically by the vertebrate fossils also found in the mud, nota

    © Harry Pristis 2013

  2. Nitra

    Is this petrified wood

    Found this in my grandmas yard, 20 miles south of Springfield MO. If this is petrified wood, how should I properly clean it? Thank you
  3. Dignrocks

    Is this petrified bog wood?

    Hi, does anyone know if this is a petrified bog wood, the exposed part is really smooth. The 3 pictures are, the front which looks like it was long ago broke off from the main part, the bottom part was machine cut to expose it and the 3rd picture is the skin of this piece. Most of my items like this come from Estate sales from around 20 years ago so I think someone displayed this in their cabinet and needed a flat bottom. Thanks Dignrocks
  4. Hey all! I am currently helping to identify rocks and minerals for a museum and came across this piece of, what I believe is, petrified wood. I have never seen one that looks like this, however. It is highly solicified and looks rather similar to a zebra mussel. Any thoughts on what kind of petrified with this might be if at all?
  5. Three years ago, while diving in a freshwater lake in the Adirondack Mountains of New York state, I came across several long, rust-colored protrusions sticking out from underneath some rocks. The lake is at ~2000 feet of elevation, and the depth of water about 6 feet. One protrusion was a couple feet long, another was shorter; both coming out from the same pile of rocks. I touched the longer one and a ~14" piece broke off, so I brought it up to the surface (see first and second photos below). It is absolutely beautiful--waves and rings like an old tree that's been eaten away. The outside layer
  6. Edsrental

    Petrified wood

    Found near Quepos on the beach. Not sure if it is petrified wood or not? Thx
  7. brky1001

    Petrified Wood Identification

    I located this piece of what I think might be petrified wood when I was landscaping in my yard. I am located in central Minnesota and the piece was above ground. Extremely heavy, 1ft tall or .305 meters. I appreciate any sight, as I am not super familiar in this topic. Thank you. images in order: front back left side right side top bottom
  8. Howdy! Pried what looks like a branch out of some shale today. I was hoping someone could confirm for me that this is petrified wood and possibly ID it. Lots of tree fern leaves and stems in the area. Additionally, the fossil seems unusually heavy. Thanks in advance! Pennsylvanian Glenshaw Formation.
  9. Below are some of the slabs/slices/limb casts of petrified wood from my collection. I'll post more pieces in latter replies. I especially like very colorful pieces and unusual pieces like Teredo bored pieces or pieces with fungus. I have hundreds of close-up pictures. If you would like to see close-up pictures of a particular piece, reply to this post with the number/numbers. 1 Petrified Wood botryoidal agate golden calcite insect borings ostracods Eocene 50 MYA Green River Fm Blue Forest along Lake Gosiute Sweetwater County Wyoming 1.2 lbs 8.25 x6x.38 inches
  10. Blue Ridge

    Petrified Wood?

    Hi - I collected these specimens on my property in the Blue Ridge Mtns/Shenandoah Ridge, and I’m being told they are examples of petrified wood. I’m not so sure. I’d love to hear opinions from folks who know a lot more about these formations than I do. Thank you!
  11. Hello, this is my pride and joy as far as wood goes, Found 5 years ago. Just curious if this would be considered "museum display grade"? Found on a friend's land who does not want the area disclosed but I can say it was in a small ravine next to a Creek. Thanks
  12. monibaroni74

    Tooth

  13. Nat006

    Is this petrified wood?

    Sorry for spamming the forum! I've been constantly rock and fossil hunting and I have yet another question. I found this in Eastern Europe (Romania) next to a river. Is this petrified wood? Thank you!
  14. BeEvil

    Petrified Wood in Amber

    Hi all. I believe I’ve found some Petrified Wood encased in Amber. But I can’t be sure. So I’m asking the pros. Please look at the photos and helps me identify what I have found. I was found in Lake Country British Columbia Canada in Lake Okanagan. I was wading along the shore looking for interesting rocks when my sisters dog pulled this from the lake. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Anyway, and help identifying this would be great. Thanks.
  15. Nat006

    Limonite or petrified wood?

    I found these in a forest in Germany. What are they? Petrified wood? Or just a rock/limonite? Thank you.
  16. Here's something I found while rockhounding in my back yard in Richmond, VA. There are an abundance of agates in the area which is (I believe) geologically speaking, from the Cretaceous period. The striations on the broken side looked different from the other cracked quartz pieces from the area. They looked more like pores. It could be xylem from something botanical, but the rounded part makes it look like a joint. Also, on the rounded side, there is a part of it that looks like it might be where a tendon would attach to bone. There are numerous limestone caves in Virginia, so perhaps it is a
  17. JD1969

    Fossilized worm?

    Just not sure what I'm looking at here. I found this while searching for metiorites in northern Arizona, specifically around Holbrook, Az. I'm sure someone here might have an answer for me. So thanks in advance. I also should mention I'm new to the site so please forgive me if I posted this wrong. Thanks. J.D.
  18. I found lots of petrified wood in the lower part of the Miocene Chalk Canyon Formation north of Phoenix. The layer is mostly sandy and pumaceous. Does anyone know what the siliceous 1mm long elongated spheres are or how they formed? Could they be fecal pellets, fungi or other fossils. I have seen similar structures associated with California Miocene palm wood. @paleoflor Penny is 19 mm across.
  19. Can someone please tell me if this is a small piece of petrified wood that I found today? Thank you.
  20. Looking for guidance on what to collect today. 1/2 - Could this be pet wood or is there decent potential for fossils in this piece? I put bit of lichen to mark some areas I found interesting (potential marine fossils?). I could leave in place, peel off another layer, pour done water on it, or move on? 3- About same size as 1st one. Multiple trackways or insect burrows? For now, Collect or leave it? 4- hmmm, burrow or stem looking, but all pointed in same direction. 5/6-Not sure, but does not look weathering. AHH SNIKIES! I think that is poison oak & o
  21. I was walking around an antique store here in Western NY this past weekend and found a ziplock bag of shells/coral for $7. The bag had a very nice Flame Helmet shell from the Caribbean, some pieces of recent beachworn coral, and this fossil wood section with polished end. Size 68mm x 40mm. The outer "bark" is chalcedony and the wood seems to me to be cypress or palm, possibly Eocene in age, I'm thinking US locality maybe Wyoming or ? I'm not an expert on petrified wood and will appreciate any help. Thanks
  22. JBkansas

    ? insect marks in petrified wood

    Seller doesn't mention teredo or termite but it looks like there's tunnels in the wood just left/superior of the center. Am I imagining it? Limb is 5.4" in diameter, per seller.
  23. lesliekeffer

    is this petrified wood fossil?

    i found this is se ohio in a creek and i think it is petrified wood but i am not sure
  24. Everyone I've encountered on this site has been very helpful, so thank you. However, I'm in need of more help. For the last year I've been collecting real fossils in the field and selling some to pay for more exotic rocks. In a recent post I found that my Solnhofen shrimp is, if not totally, mostly fake. Now I'm quite suspicious of my entire purchased collection and was hoping you could help me identify fakes. The first two pictures are apparently Priscacara, Green River Formation, Eocene; the next two supposedly Asteroidea, Morocco, Ordovician; the last three supposedly Triassic, Arizona petr
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