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  1. 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
  2. PCarrick

    Is it bone or wood?

    I found this at a Goodwill. Is this a bone? It looks like too much bark to be wood. The white part is far less dense compared to the center (darker area).
  3. RCD

    Petrified Wood?

    Hey guys, yet another I..D. request from new fossil spot, which is a deep creek bed which drains a diverse area ranging from Miocene to Jurassic. Wondering if this could be fossilized wood. Any thoughts?
  4. Mazzalani

    Petrified Burnt Wood

    I've searched the web and these forums before joining so I could post. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Appears as though it was once firewood. Shiny spot on "top" of specimen is water.
  5. I think I know this answer but is feasible that a piece of petrified (real) could have an end of it that was cut (doesn’t appear like a newcomer) it’s just a chopped off end in a perfect cut but not like a shear break and this piece is course like it wouldn’t break like that if it broke and it looks original. Not sure if that makes sense. It’s a whitish piece and came with a cross section slice of another piece that was with it. But I know to be petrified it was before mankind so couldn’t be cut back then?
  6. More goodies from the same site as the sandstone nodules. Some of this looks like wood to me and one seems highly probable to be a bone fossil. Sorry no metric on the tape measure I'll look for a duel standard measure next time im in town.
  7. 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.
  8. JohnJ

    A Humerus Trip

    August 15, 2009 It all started on a small, secluded Texas waterway in the Jungle of Gigantism (you know better than to ask); we watched a log submerge with purpose... but, it was no log. Big reptiles were only a hint of the giant to come. Shortly afterward, we pulled into the bank and my friend Dan offered, "you want upstream or downstream?" Words he later said would influence a fossil career. It was 7:45 in the morning. I headed downstream to low gravel ledge. Within a short time, I found an unusual shaped bone, a little over a foot long, wedged into the bank. It turned out
  9. 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. This pine cone cob is dated biochronologically by the vertebrate fossils also found in the mud, notably Holmesina floridana, a giant arm

    © Harry Pristis 2013

  10. fossil_lover_2277

    Texas Fossils!!!

    Recent finds from Texas! Ammonites from the Goodland limestone, petrified wood and ice age stuff bank gravel of the Brazos river, either Beaumont or Lissie formations, or from a terrace deposit. The rib is mammoth/mastodon, the vertebra and hoof core bison, the antler is likely whitetail deer, and the teeth are horse and bison, with the small one I think a 3-toed horse based on the images I looked up.
  11. VTinNorthAB

    Chromium Petrified Wood?!?!

    Hey all! I haven’t posted in a long time but I was too excited about this. I absolutely love petrified wood. I love the colours, the rings, the detail! My wonderful husband bought me this AMAZING piece of petrified wood from a local rock shop. I took it home, gave it a bath and a good scrub. It’s green! Now I've heard about the chromium petrified wood from Arizona but I have NO idea where this one came from. It’s super heavy at 25.7lbs!! I absolutely adore this piece and even if it isn’t chromium wood, it’s definitely stunning!
  12. Hello everyone, A while back I was gifted this fairly large piece of pet wood from Arizona. I don't really know what I can do with it as I don't have any equipment to polish or cut rocks like this. I was wondering if any TFF members have such equipment, and if they did how much it would cost to either polish this piece at one or both ends or alternatively, slab it and polish some of the slabs. I don't know if it would be worth the time or money to do so, I am just trying to see what I can do with a piece like this. Thank you very much for any help, Misha
  13. Found this yesterday in Texas (Gulf coast plains area). Looked like petrified wood at first but now I'm not sure. Either end is very pourous and looks a lot like the inside of a bone.
  14. Hi all, We were in the Yellow Cat/Poison Strip area this summer and came across what we think might be a dinosaur bone in the Poison Strip sandstone layer. We also found agate/jasper. Trouble is, the “bone” is an unusual shape and the petrified wood for the area supposedly has lost its grain structure, so I’m not sure what to say. Wondering if anyone else can chime in about these? thanks, Lloyd
  15. We visited Yellow Cat Flats/Poison Strip and went fossil hunting. At the time, we thought we found petrified wood (there, the wood doesn't show any grain so tricky) and dinosaur bones, but now we're just unsure. We posted in the ID section before posting this video and reached out to others, but it's tricky. If you have any ideas, please let us know, and posting below the video on youtube will help others to learn as well (outside this knowledgeable forum). best wishes, Lloyd
  16. Mochaccino

    Petrified wood

    Hello all, I feel like this is a stretch but I'm wondering if anyone can help ID this petrified wood slab based on its appearance? I got this back when I wasn't keen on age/locality so unfortunately don't have any other information. Its diameter is about 100-120mm across. I know some types of petrified wood such as the Arizona rainbow petrified wood or Palm wood have characteristic appearances so perhaps this one looks like something?
  17. TaterTexas

    Is this a fossil?

    My daughter found this while on a hike through a creek bed. The top of the bank was roughly 20ft high. Tom Green county, Texas. There were a couple of pieces of petrified wood in the same area. I've seen plenty of animal bones, it has that texture, but the shape is peculiar.
  18. ScottBlooded

    Great grandfathers rocks

    So I’ve got a few questions all at once. Over the years I’ve inherited a number of my great grandfathers rocks (he was also into paleontology and geology) but I’m not sure what they all are. I’m guessing 1 is some sort of mineral, not a fossil. It, along with 2 and 4, were found digging the foundation of his home in south Charleston, WV. I feel like 2 might be petrified wood, but if it is I’m very curious about the side that’s black and very crystallized. 3 is from Seneca rocks in WV and I feel like must be a fossil but I really don’t know what. 4 again looks like petrified wood to me, and 5 f
  19. Darwall

    Any idea?

    We have dug up this when repiling our house. Not sure what it is?
  20. RachelChambola

    Petrified wood with amber?

    I found these two pieces on a gravel road along with bucket loads of other petrified wood. It was brought in with other large rock and put on a dirt road near my home. (West Monroe, Louisiana) Therefore, I’m not sure of the exact location from which this came. I was wondering if this was amber that had been petrified with the wood somehow? If it’s not amber, any suggestions as to what it is? Second piece
  21. VicB

    Looking for ID

    Hello all! We just had a family member pass, and among the items we found, are several pieces like this one. Not sure of this one is petrified wood or some sort of fossilized tusk. There are a few more with a very similar "curvature" to them, like this one below. Beer can for size comparison. Any help in identifying them is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  22. Here's an unusual bit of petrified wood. This is from the Nacimiento Mine near Cuba, New Mexico. The mine has been closed for some time but occasionally collectors are allowed in. (The land has reverted to the Forest Service, which is cleaning up the aftermath of an abortive attempt to extract copper using sulfuric acid leaching.) The mine is a huge point bar deposit of wood in the Shinarump Formation (Triassic) that was permineralized with copper minerals. The black here is mostly chalcocite, copper sulfide, which in a few spots has been oxidized to blue or green azuri
  23. Constructiontrash

    Petrified wood find in Houston

    Just joined and this is my first post. I’m hoping to learn more about this find in northwest Houston. It was on a site with imported fill material, so it could have come from a different area nearby and at a different depth. It was encased in white/light gray clay with many 1-2mm round river pebbles embedded in the “bark”. I’m interested to know mostly if the outer section being different than the inner section is a normal formation, and additional information will be appreciated. Thanks.
  24. Hey guys new to the forum! I have a piece of petrified wood that looks to have both copal and amber veins in it. I know how almost impossibly rare this can be but this has passed every test for amber that could be done outside of a lab. I am getting it verified in a few days. Would like to get the communities opinions on this piece. Thanks.
  25. apple3.14

    Starfish and leaves

    I found a few interesting things at a road cut near Brady TX that I had went to with the Austin Paleontological society. I found a layer that had about 140 starfish and in the same area some of the layers had pieces of petrified wood and what looks like tiny leaves. Any info is appreciated Thanks
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