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  1. We find a lot of fossilized wood here in Texas, but as I learn more I’m discovering some may be coral instead. The rock in the first four pictures below I assumed was petrified wood, possibly palm. But as I learn more, it looks like it may have some coral like features? The second couple of pictures are of a light weight rock we’ve come across a few times. Out of curiosity, I cut one in half and cleaned it up with high strength vinegar followed by CLR. I now can see what looks like a branched chalcedony vein running through it and a druzy or two, I believe they’re called. Is it vo
  2. tekknoir


    Hi all, I'm curious about this piece of wood I found with some interesting, round nodules on the surface. Could it be some species of lycopod? About 3/4 inch in length. Found in Doña Ana county, New Mexico. Camp Rice formation. Thanks for any suggestions!
  3. Hello everyone. I recently moved to central Tennessee on the Cumberland Plateau where I have been enjoying hunting stone points in the creeks and woods. I recently found some chunks of what I thought might be petrified wood and would be grateful for ID help. Here are the details per the ID TIPS post: Date: Found February 2023 Location: Van Buren County, Tennessee USA Site details: bank of a small creek in close proximity to a spring Found with: a few stone points and stone point fragments and some smaller pieces of possible bone or petrified wood Dimensions: lon
  4. MarcoSr

    Petrified Wood Slabs

    I'm interested in petrified wood for the scientific value (wood where the cell structure is well preserved), for the aesthetic value (mineralized with vivid colors and crystal shapes), and for oddities (like fungus, insect borings etc.) contained in the wood. Below are three petrified wood slabs, from the United States, from my collection. The below individual slab pictures were taken with the slabs dry, indoors using my camera with flash. The close-up pictures were taken with my Dino-Lite digital microscope. If you want to see a lot more of the petrified wood pieces in m
  5. This one given to me by my great grandma, who I believe found it in New Mexico years ago in one of her trips. The bottom has a smooth almost glass like texture, the top is also fairly smooth but not quiet as smooth, and the whole thing is hard as stone. It weighs 5.780 pounds and is 26 inches around and three inches any it’s tallest point. any help on this would be greatly appreciated
  6. Been going through an old collection I haven't looked at in many years and in it are 15 or 20 pieces of wood, collected at the Ernst quarry back in the 90s. I haven't seen any similar examples from Sharktooth Hill or elsewhere. The pieces are somewhat fragile and often partially hollow with small (druzy?) purplish crystals on the interior. The rest is mostly composed of the same purplish-black material but man also show a tougher translucent outer crust. Some of the interiors of these pieces also contain powdery, lightweight chunks of brown matter. Based on appearance
  7. Jlark18

    Possible petrified wood

    Found within creek bed in Orange County, California. Have had this one for some time now. Always thought it looked sort of like petrified wood but is difficult to tell. The answer may be more obvious to someone else. Appreciate any input. Thanks.
  8. Lewis_

    Petrified wood?

    Hi, is this petrified wood or just a rock with a grainy look to it? (Wales)
  9. LaFancyy

    Petrified wood in Massachusetts?

    Found this neat little rock in a stream out in some woods while looking for agate. Noticed it had some unusual markings on the side simmilar to how a bug goes under bark, also some faint rings on the top. Made me think it was maybe petrified wood? I know next to nothing about fossils though so I thought I should prolly ask the experts :). It is about 1x1x1cm. Found in Littleton Mass. Anyone have any ideas? Please forgive me if this is just a rock! Just thought it looked woody.
  10. I found this beautiful piece today along the Arkansas River bank in Colorado. I have a few other pieces of petrified wood but this is the largest that I've found and it almost looks to have been cut with something before hardening. Just curious if this is usual. The cuts are not very deep and I've tried to get the best pictures I can of them.
  11. tekknoir

    Another Wood vs Bone Query

    Hi again Fossil Forum. Picked this one up while I was out collecting petrified wood, but it certainly looks more like bone to my amateur eye. What do you think? Found in Dona Ana county, New Mexico.
  12. tekknoir

    Wood, Bone or Weird Rock?

    I tossed this one in my petrified wood pile because that's mostly what I find out here, but sometimes I see pictures of bone fragments that look similar or that I would have taken for wood had I found it. So what do you guys think? It doesn't stick to the tongue and shows details that could be porousness... but could also not be... There's no obvious cell structure that I can make out. Follow up question: Are there any good ways to tell the difference between wood and bone aside from wood cell structure or visible marrow? This was found in Dona Ana county, NM.
  13. I was hunting a Miocene site in New Zealand when my friend cried out “wow! Wow!….wow!” From a few meters away. Well I thought that’s three wows, this must be something pretty good. She had found the biggest piece of petrified wood I’d ever seen at this site. Pretty good! Not too common as this is outer shelf sediment. We looked around and I found another piece - comparison showed that they fit together…..ok that ups the ante a bit. the whole thing is now about 50cm long well I set the pieces aside and kept looking and mulling over whether to ke
  14. 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. If you want to see close-up pictures of some of the petrified wood pieces from this thread, check out my TFF thread at the below link: 1 Petrified Wood botryoidal agate go
  15. Lucia0505

    Please help me identify this!

    There are cross hatch patterns in the wood making it almost look woven. The rock imbedded in it or attached to it looks like amber. its bright yellow and dark when no light is behind it. The amber or agate looks like it has some of the same fiber pattern around the edges.
  16. I went out to Arizona this fall. Still looking for mammoth, but did come back with triassic petrified wood. The Petrified Forest is outside of Holbrook. It really is a whole petrified forest that was brought down by massive floods-- whole trees no branches no leaves. After that i went looking for wood i could take home. Near the Petrified forest is a paid dig site DoBell ranch. It looks like something out of "American Picker " with the old trucks and and the old buildings. There were visitors there who went to town digging. I stayed with surface finds and and came home with more w
  17. jnicholes

    Petrified Wood?

    Hi everyone, I was on my way to my doctors appointment. I was walking to the door, when this caught my eye in the gravel. I thought it was wood at first, but I was mistaken. It’s definitely a rock. It was found in Twin Falls, Idaho, near the sidewalk. I’m looking for confirmation. Is this petrified wood? If it is, it’s my first find of 2023! Jared
  18. DotG77833

    Petrified Wood and ?

    I found this in my yard decades ago in Brenham, Tx. However, the previous owner, who had died, was quite the rock collector and left the yard filled with petrified wood, large and small so I don't know where he got them. My family also collects rocks and fossils so I made sure to haul a many as I could when we moved to NY. My question- is this amber on the rock? It's not a fake, it's not glue, but when I google for info it claims amber on wood is very rare. Could anyone tell me what they think? Thank you I added another picture to show what looks like more light colored resin in a
  19. I had just recently finished polishing a piece of petrified wood I found, and I just read a topic that included a polished pyritized Yorkshire cannonball ammonite, which got me thinking about all the types of fossils that can be polished. I did a search on the forum for a "Show us your" polished fossils thread and couldn't find any so decided to start one as I'm interested to see the diversity of fossils that have been polished. So... Show us your Polished Fossils!
  20. A nice, little piece I found on my lunch break today. Found in Dona Ana county, New Mexico.
  21. Lone Hunter

    Anomalies on Petrified log

    Back in August I was catching feeder fish in a wretched little Woodbine tributary when I pulled this out of the muck. It was black and limestone color with thick algae, it was unrecognizable as wood but there were holes and ripples that gave me hope. Hauling this (24 lbs) and my gear & fish was a challenge up a vertical bank and 100 yd walk through thick thorny brush for a 100 lb person, almost left it halfway back to car. After a good scrubbing it still looked like a chunk of water worn sediment and I deleted the first pic of top side, then I tried a new cleaning method I was using on a
  22. Mikeydoeswork

    Snails in Petrified Wood

    I found a piece of petrified wood that looks very similar to this that has sap and a couple tiny snails eating the sap from what it looks like. I polished a small section of it and it’s like a mirror graphite color. Anyway, I can post some images here soon if anyone is still around and interested to see. Really just looking to learn more about it if possible!
  23. Not sure what this is could not find my measuring tape but am estimating it to be about a little longer than an inch.
  24. tekknoir

    Petrified wood?

    Hi again, Fossil Forum! I've got a stone which I think is wood, but it's iffy enough for me to ask for a second opinion. Found in Doña Ana County, New Mexico. There is a lot of it out here! Anyway, let me know what you think! Size is roughly 3.5 cm wide, 3.5 cm tall, 1.5 cm thick at its thickest edge.
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