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  1. Petrified wood or rock

    Hey all you wonderful folks... I have had this rather heavy piece of what I think is petrified wood for a few years... I found it in outside of jasper park ( Alberta Canada) along a river area or in British Columbia area again along a river I can’t remember which... I was excited when I found it because it looks sooo unique and it is quite heavy for its size my would be a lb or lb and half... any way so I am really looking at it today and now I am questioning if she is petrified wood lol please help me I “wood” (aha) appreciate it. Thank you
  2. was out looking today found several ... I found this reddish stone and decided to look at it closer are those seeds in it?...or something else?....and it looks like it has veins in it.... is it petrified wood or some type of coprolite? Tue Sep 18 15-16-55 shows the blood veins looking markings best...they run all through the stone. I am rather new to all this and I must say it is like a scavenger hunt!
  3. Petrified Wood or Rock?

    I found a few pieces of this in a creek in an area where the water flows pretty good. Can anyone tell if it is petrified wood or just rock? Found in Post Oak Creek, Grayson County, Texas. Thank you in advance.
  4. Hello all. While working in Southwestern Kansas (Kiowa or Comanche County) I stumbled upon this little guy that has caused some confusion in my office. I have a few coworkers who are old geology majors and other coworkers (including myself) who are just plain old rock hounds, but we all cant seem to come to an agreement on this find. The rock hounds and I think its a weird piece of petrified wood, with some cool quartz features on the back side. The geo majors are intrigued over the "botryoidal quartz" formation on the back side, along with a very small cluster on the front, and are having a tough time wrapping their heads around that type of formation being on a chunk of petrified wood. One thinks he sees flow marks, but concedes that those marks could also be xylem and phloem... Any ideas out there on what this is? If I need better pictures let me know.
  5. Kansas Petrified Wood?

    Found in Ellis county Kansas. Saw a small section sticking out and when I started to wash it I saw there was quite a few packed into the rock. I was able to get most of the rock off (I’m thinking limestone maybe?). Are these all little pieces of petrified wood? They are grey in color, the largest piece being about half an inch across. The black rock is intriguing as well. There are small black specs all over and then the larger one, seen in the first picture. There are also also a few shells smashed into it, but they are pretty difficult to see. I have a few pictures showing the entire thing and some close ups.
  6. Navasota what the heck?

    So i stop by the Brazos in Navasota and find calcite reminiscent of rucks pit- And this....
  7. Found my best Psaronius sp.

    Just wanted to share the beauty of this recent carboniferous find. I just sliced this yesterday. It still needs some work and i need to finish the other half, but take a look at the vascular cell structures of this fern tree (psaronius sp.). There is pyrite throughtout this piece, giving it a real luster (it's hard to see in the pictures).
  8. Hi. I believe this is from Arizona. But not sure of the origin and type of wood. Any ideas would surely help. I have many pounds if this. Please help
  9. Found this looking for yellow cat redwood last week! It looks like real bark!
  10. Well hello everyone!!! Are trip to the Texas Boarded and Ammonite Beach was one of top trips in Texas. The rumors about large ammonites were very true and our research and friends came thru with some locations. The biggest part of our trip was the work in getting our finds back to our vehicle. We had such a great time on Friday checking out the area as we promised our selves to just look and no collecting until we knew how far our searching areas is and if we found some to be patient. Well that rule went out the window with my wife as the ammonite fever hit her hard. She was grabbing everything in sight... oh lord I needed some extra strength if I was going to make it thru the weekend.... Well I’m use of carrying heavy packs when I go primitive camping. I know my limits and a canoe and pack is about 130-150 lbs but our portage’s are a couple100 feet. But I was tested for sure as as we started hiking to our spots. Location #1 Was a location we hit that allowed us to follow a railroad track for the first 1/4 mile and then on our turn we had to climb a couple of deep cliffs. So I told my wife that if we find any big pieces that she would have to make a choice. Picture or she can carry it out. But after she saw what we had to go thru she agreed and kept her mind on smaller fossils. We found some smaller ammonites at our location and we were pretty happy with the scouting. But we did noticed some tracks of other hunters that were pretty fresh. No big ammonites i cant remember how to insert the picture and keep telling you all our adventures. So I’ll add more pictures to this feed as the sizes are not edited yet.
  11. I found this lovely piece near Las Vegas, Nevada. I’m no expert, but I’m thinking this is petrified wood. Looking for a more trustworthy opinion than my own. Thoughts?
  12. Petrified Wood?

    Hi everyone! I am new here and found what I think looks like wood but it is rock solid. I found it this weekend while looking for shark teeth near the beaches in Venice, Florida. I am wondering if it is petrified wood and if anyone has an opinion as to what it might have come from...posting front and back photos of it. Thank you for any information! I am so excited to have found it even if it is nothing :-) Jodi
  13. Petrified wood or plant?

    I found this in New York. It appears to be petrified wood. I polished it, unwittingly realizing it was some sort of fossil. Can anyone help identify what it is? It is about 1" in size.
  14. Petrified Wood. ID help and discussion.

    Over the past couple weeks I have seemed to find multiple variations of petrified wood. In this picture the top few pieces were all found in the same area and some of the smaller pieces that I found have little crystals throughout them (like the one in the top of this image). The piece I found on the bottom confuses me because it resembles wood but also has a mineral/rock look to it. I have read into agatized petrified wood but I still don't know much about that process. In the past I have found very large pieces of what I believed to be petrified wood but the majority of the piece resembled a crystal. Unfortunately I don't have those with me but will post a picture of them when I get home. Any info and help on the subject would be appreciated. Also sorry the picture posted weird. When i refer to the top I mean the right side of the image. Thanks, Nic
  15. Petrified Wood on the Beach?

    I found this little piece (about 1 1/2") on the beach of the Dunedin Causeway, Florida. It resembles petrified wood but what would it being doing on the beach? It has a woody texture and is mainly white with a grey or charcoal flat surface with crystalline on the flip side. Can you help ID this please? Thank you!
  16. May 2018 Wyoming trip

    Every year I head North to run fence line for a few of the ranchers that grant me access to their properties. Its a small price to pay for unlimited access. I left Denver and drove thru 6 inches of snow just 20 miles South of Laramie. By Friday it had warmed back up into the 60"s. Early May the country is green and the prairie flowers are just starting to bloom.
  17. Wood and...

    Found this while shark tooth hunting with my son but unsure what it is. Looks like petrified wood but has knots all over it. Any ideas what I have here? Thanks.
  18. I have a bit of an unusual question here - I'm actually hunting for small, rather than large, pieces of petrified wood. I'm a hobby aquarist, and since it's very expensive to buy aquarium rocks from a pet store, I'm looking for my own. Problem is, all I can find is sandstone, which isn't good in fish tanks. Petrified wood would be perfect for my tank, and I read that it's quite common in Australia. Can I easily and legally find it lying around in Sydney? I don't want anything special, small and light pieces are ideal. I know it's not relevant to this forum, but if anyone here knows if I can find granite, slate or lava rock lying around anywhere in Sydney I'd also really appreciate any advice.
  19. I didn’t really intend to go fossil hunting today, but fossil hunting just happens sometimes. I go to church on Saturdays. After church my daughter and I headed out towards Athens, Texas to see the Bluebonnets. Often they are just amazing out that way, but for whatever reason they were somewhat scant out that direction. They even have a wildflower festival out that way, primarily in honor of the bluebonnets and Indian paintbrushes. The two often are seen growing together. On the way back on highway 175 I saw a large pond with erosion all around it. I was on the freeway and had to loop back around to get back to it off the service road. I had never explored this area or formation. It looked really sandy and I typically don’t find any fossils in the sandy areas around here, if I do they seem to be marine Cretaceous environments. Today was different. The area was the Calvert Bluff formation in Henderson county, Texas, which is Eocene. It was a very windy day. There were a number of wild flowers around. Most were being blown by the wind and wouldn’t hold still for me. I got blurry pics of several and some where the flower was out of the shot from the wind blowing it. So I had to hold them with my hands to get the shot. These are called Indian paintbrushes. This is called crimson clover. This is some other flower in bloom on a shrub. Sorry it is out of focus. The wind was blowing so hard. This was not taken at the site. It was taken on the drive around that day. It is taken through my windshield along the freeway. It is the shoulder covered with bluebonnets, but it is not an uncommon site. The Texas highway department seeds the shoulders with them. Here are a few shots of the exposure. It looks like a mini Bryce Canyon in the making. There was even a little arch maybe 15 inches tall. When I first started looking for fossils I was finding some dark marine shell material, but there were piles of gravel above the exposure I was looking at. Some of the gravel had been washed down into the exposure and was mixed in with it. I couldn’t tell what was what. So I moved further down the exposure to a place where no gravel was seen. I wasn’t seeing any fossils at the top of the exposure so I worked my way to the bottom where it leveled into a sand bed. I assumed if any were present there would be some at the bottom. The first thing I found were little, thin whiteish chips about the size of my fingernail. At first I thought they might be broken pieces of PVC (plastic plumbing tube), but looking closely they looked almost like fresh wood, but they were too hard and definitely not plastic or PVC. I continued looking and found slivers about an inch long. I came to a place with a dozen or so little chips and picked them up. I found more in other places, but they were basically the same and also small. I walked on and then saw a pile of iron sandstone. On top of the sandstone were 2 larger pieces of the petrified wood. One was loose. The other was still partially embedded in the slab of sandstone. You can see it here in the pic below, on the bottom left, but the sandstone and tip of the wood were covered by sand. I brushed the sand away. The sandstone was largely eroded and the piece was easily extracted. It is about 12 cm long. That is one thing I have never seen, petrified wood embedded in sandstone. Whatever fossils I have seen in such iron dense sandstone have been heavily pyratized and basically crumbled when you attempted to extract them. I hiked around 1/2 of the exposure, but didn’t see more wood. I saw an iron rich sandstone on the far side of the pond and worked my way to it, but didn’t find more pet wood. I found tubes of red sandstone standing upright that were hollowed out on top and through the center. Generally they were 1 inch tall and 1-3 cm in diameter with a hole of 3 mm to 1.5 cm in diameter. I did find one such tube that was about 7 inches long and 1.5 cm in diameter. These were unusual. I haven’t seen them in Texas before, but I haven’t been in this formation before either. I’m not sure if the tubes were some sort of fossil remains of burrows or tube worms or if they were a geologic form. I’m going with geologic form since the fossils I found were wood. I did find one fragment of a large oyster, but since it was the only marine fossil I found I tend to think it may have been a contaminating item somehow. My daughter is good natured and has a very pleasant disposition, but she doesn’t enjoy fossil hunting that much, unless ammonites are involved. She goes along with me, because she enjoys being with me and enjoys my company and humors my fossil hunting escapades. She does enjoy certain aspects of the outdoors though. From there I headed towards Cedar Hill State Park on Joe Pool Lake. We were going to hike some of the trails and do a little exploring, but to our disappointment ALL the trails were closed! Evidently they were doing some controlled burns and prairie restoration and had closed all trails. I was in shock and didn’t even think to ask when they would reopen. They only had 3 areas on the lake that were open and all the campgrounds and that was it. We went to the boardwalk. This is my daughter walking the boardwalk. The wind was blowing quite strong. I love how her hair looks as it’s being blown by the wind. There were people on the boardwalk that crosses the wetlands off the lake. Some were out for a stroll and others were fishing. You can see fishing polls on the far left. We walked the boardwalk and then strolled along the beach. The wind was blowing so strong as to make it not that enjoyable. We walked and then sat looking through the pebbles and sand for fossils. We didn’t see a whole lot. There were many tiny Inoceramus clam fragments. I found a tiny piece of coral and a cool looking ammonite fragment and that was about it. It was getting close to sunset and we had a 45 min drive home from there. So, we left and headed to Braum’s, an ice cream place. I always take her to Braum’s after hiking or fossil hunting so there is a treat or reward at the end to look forward to.
  20. Hello good morning to all! I'm thinking of buying this supposed fossilized tree trunk from a Chinese who claims this came from Madagascar ... I'm worried because I can not see growth rings and pronounced tree shells on the trunk. Is it real? Thank you all for helping me.
  21. Petrified Wood Find

    I found this nice petrified wood specimen while collecting in the early Cretaceous Potomac Group sediments in Washington DC recently. It is pretty well preserved for this unit, with nice surface features, knots, and growth lines present on it.
  22. Hey all, So I have a decent collection of mineral specimens from Oklahoma. Now, I'm getting into fossilized wood. I had the opportunity to dig at a ranch near the Petrified Forest National Park a couple weeks ago and made out with a very nice haul. I have some questions... 1. What is the best method for cleaning the wood? 2. One of my small stumps has a very sizable open cavity of quartz. What is the best way to clean this specimen? Oxalic acid? It should turn out very stunning. 3. Any tips for a newbie on collecting fossil wood? I am about 1/4 of the way through Frank Daniels' new book on fossil wood, and it is amazing! Russ
  23. Five New Fossil Forests Found in Antarctica Hundreds of millions of years ago, Antarctica was carpeted with prehistoric greenery. Now, scientists may have uncovered clues about what happened in the "Great Dying," or Permian extinction. National Geographic https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/03/antarctica-fossil-forest-discovery-permian-spd/ A related paper is: Taylor, E.L., Taylor, T.N. and Cúneo, N.R., 1992. The present is not the key to the past: a polar forest from the Permian of Antarctica. Science, 257(5077), pp. 1675-1677. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/5999746_The_Present_Is_Not_the_Key_to_the_Past_A_Polar_Forest_from_the_Permian_of_Antarctica https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ruben_Cuneo/2 https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ruben_Cuneo Yours, Paul H.
  24. A tree sprout???

    well i have the day off so i might as well throw another one at you all. I found this next to the largest petrified tree stump I have ever seen. It came from the north fork of the Shoshone river about seven miles from Yellowstone Park. I haven't seen anything quite like it. I think it looks like a sprout of some kind. Has anyone any seen something like this?