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  1. Amber bearing petrified wood

    Is this amber on this piece of petrified wood?
  2. What cut this Petrified Wood?

    I hope I am posting in the right topic...you know I am blond..lol and old...lol I picked this up in MS years ago on a rock hunt central MS maybe Big Black River close to Natchez. I was always wondering what kind of wood and just how it seemed was cut with something sharp before it petrified. I am interested in your thoughts on this piece. Thank you all so much!! Your great at helping us amateurs!! Brought more inside and cleaning to show later. Deb
  3. "Aquascape" petrified wood ID requested

    Hi everyone, A few months back I bought this piece of Petrified Wood from the pet store where I work, seems like you can find fossils at the most unlikely places. It's a piece of petrified wood that's often sold in petstores as a aquarium ornament, I've seen them in plenty other stores as well as in pretty much every online store that sells aquarium supplies. All the pieces I've seen in stores and in webshops seems to be preserved in the same way, so I guess they are all found in the same location. But obviously I don't know the location, age or ID of this specimen. I know you can't ID fossil wood without a location, but I did some research and since this type of petrified wood is sold all over the world in petshops for use in aquaria maybe someone here knows where exactly? The wood is also preserved as quartz My research also found that some shop sell them as Burmese Petrified Wood, not sure whether it is really where it comes from, but it might be a start? So I am really hoping if anyone could help me figure out the location or age of this petrified wood, species ID would be cool too but the age is what I am most curious about. Thanks in advance!
  4. Petrified wood please help

    Hello everyone can petrified wood with tree rings and without tree rings be found in the same area.I am asking this because I have found a site that has petrified wood with tree rings and without tree rings.Does this sound right.
  5. There was a piece of land sticking out between valleys of about 2000+ sq meters. I found there many various fossils. On that ridge sticking out, there was a rocky bed floor split in 2 or more & were cracked as an earthquake would do. Between them, I found this piece along with another not far inside the crack. I had to be creative to pull them. The matrix below is woody and lightweight and can be broken. On top, is a solid rock and very petrified "something" & sticking together as 1 matrix.
  6. Super heavy and deep red showing. Just cleaned from dirt, found as-is on 1400 meters above sea level in the anti mount lebanon range (mid to northern part). a local stone/sand producers operated a cut on a 90 meters hill to extract construction stones or sand, exposed fossils among the left debris. I am just wondering if this can be amber baring? especially on those outer part showing. I did not attempt or tried to know. But the outer layer can easily be scratched
  7. Is this rock or petrified wood?

    This looks like petrified wood to me but I've had no success looking online to see how to determine if my hunch is real or not. I'd appreciate any help or suggestions about whether or not this is petrified wood. (Item is wet in the pictures) Thanks!
  8. Fossil gift

    Hello, I had a brilliant Idea and I wanted to share it with you guys. Here is the rundown: I have a good friend, (not a girlfriend,) in Utah. I want to make something for her for the holidays. I decided to try to make a necklace for her with a piece of Petrified Wood as a pendant. Attached is a picture of the piece I am using. I thought about using one of my Gastropods as the pendant, but I passed because I only have 2 Gastropod fossils. My smallest fossil fish are too big for a necklace. Well, that is my gift idea. I just wanted to share it. What do you guys think? Jared
  9. South Hills Site

    I moved up to South Hills, a suburb of Charleston, a few years ago and started hunting for fossils in the nearby creeks. The Charleston area is generally not great fossil territory, but I struck gold in Lick Branch. The creek is chock full of sandstone-replaced coal plants, mainly Stigmaria and Lepidodendron. I have pulled about 40 specimens out, the best one being the Stigmaria shown below.
  10. Petrified wood but what else?

    Found in pacific city Oregon. My daughter found this on the beach and thought it was a cool fossil rock. After getting it home I noticed the rings and I am fairly certain it is petrified wood but what are the holes? Some are hard packed with sand (rock hard, cant break it up) and others have crystals in them. This area is well known for agate, not sure if that has anything to do with it. Very unique, if it is truly petrified wood I have never seen any like this.
  11. Brazos River find

    Found this near Sealy on the Brazos River. Any ideas what this could be? Fossilized pine cone or shoot of a palm tree? Or just petrified wood shaped by the river?
  12. Dinosaur Park in Laurel, MD, is a tiny, 7.5-acre tract of county parkland surrounded by a business park in bustling, suburban Maryland. Nevertheless, it is the most prolific dinosaur and plant site east of the Mississippi. The first fossils there were found in the 18th century by slaves in the siderite (bog iron ore) mine that was there at the time. It wasn’t until 1858 that the bones turning up in the mine were identified as dinosaur remains. The bones found that year were from what would have been, if they a had done all the paperwork, the second dinosaur identified in the US, Astrodon johnstoni, which is now Maryland’s State Dinosaur[1] . Since then dinosaurs, turtles, small mammals, crocodilians, gastropods, clams, and tons of fossil plant material have been found there, all of it now at the Smithsonian. The site is part of the Arundel Formation, dating to the Lower Cretaceous, 115 mya, when the place was an oxbow lake. Tributaries were strong enough to wash dino bones into the lake. The fossils there are disarticulated wash-out. Whole skeletons are not generally found or expected here. The exposed hillside consists of a mix of fine grey soil, siderite bog iron and lignite (coalified fossil wood the consistency of charcoal). The lignite and siderite form a thin, dense gravel layer. The challenge for visitors and paleontology volunteers alike is to find the pale blue bones and shiny teeth in the cacophony of black and orange. Collection is done almost exclusively by surface scanning. If something large turns up by way of erosion, then they cordon it off and dig it out. Anything other than the wood is documented with the finder’s name and sent to the Smithsonian. Visitors may keep one palm-sized piece of fossil wood if they like. My husband and I met a friend and her two daughters there today. It was cold, but sunny. There were harsh shadows on the ground, which are supposed to make it easier to pick out shiny teeth. I find the contrast too harsh to see details. The park is open from noon to 4 every other Saturday. We got there close to 1 and spent a couple hours there, despite the chill in the air. I didn’t expect to find any exciting fauna. That’s usually our daughter’s job, and she was at work. I was engrossed in the lignite and the siderite plant impressions, hoping maybe to find a seed cone or two for their collection. Apparently, a handful in a day is not unusual there. I had no luck on either score. I did find a nice plant impression in the siderite. Looks like tree bark. I asked if that could be the one I took home. The volunteer looked at me sternly and asked, "Do you now what it is?" "Tree bark impression in siderite, but I don't know from which tree." “What do you do for a living?” “Artist.” “What do you do that will prove to me that this will be used for educational or scientific purposes?” I told him about my fossil blog and the homeschool paleontology series I just ran at my local library. He was convinced. Now I have it at home, but I may offer it to the Delaware Museum of Natural History, where I volunteer. Each of the girls also found something nice, albeit smaller, to bring home. Unsurprisingly, most of the other kids were disappointed because they didn’t find dinosaur teeth. There was a list at the registration table of maybe a dozen interesting things found today. As far as I know, no one found anything interesting while we were there. Some days go like that, but I was not disappointed. It was a good afternoon to see someplace new. [1] Maryland has both a State Dinosaur and a State Fossil. The State Fossil is a gastropod, Ecphora gardenera.
  13. L.S., Recently I was involved in a study on the growth of native copper porphyroblasts in a sample of mine prop wood from a Bronze Age copper mine on Cyprus. While the paper approaches the subject from a mineralogical/structural geological rather than a paleontological point of view, it might still be of interest to some of you. For a limited period of time, the paper can be downloaded freely via the following link: https://authors.elsevier.com/c/1a0ShhdGqSQ49 The work describes how the formation of copper porphyroblasts in the mine prop wood has locally deformed the tracheid microstructure. This is significant, because the deformation suggests that the native copper formation involved so-called 'displacive growth'. Simply put, the copper crystals must have exerted mechanical force on their environment in order to make room for themselves to grow. This phenomenon is known as the 'force of crystallization' and can be observed under specific laboratory conditions (see e.g. Wolterbeek et al. 2018), but it is generally very difficult to unequivocally prove displacive growth and force of crystallization-driven processes played a role in natural samples. Kind regards, Tim
  14. New to Site, Need help

    I am new to the site and fossils. My son (7) is very interested in fossils. We are planning to go to Glen Rose, Texas this spring. However, He is really wanting to search and find petrified wood in the near future. I do not know where to begin. We live in Tyler, TX and want to go somewhere, we will be able to easily see and find petrified wood and fossils. I am a bad amateur and could really use some help in where to take my son. If anyone knows please help me out
  15. Is this petrified wood

    I found this is there anyway this is petrified wood.
  16. My collection

    This is part of my collection I have acquired over the past year new to TFF just wanted to say hello to everyone. Many of other fossils packed away as I build more cases
  17. Petrified wood or something else?

    Hello, new here. I found this off the side of the highway 95 near the Nevada/Oregon state line. I’m thinking it’s petrified wood, but I don’t know enough to be certain. Your help and opinions would be greatly appreciated! It’s pretty heavy and hard, smooth on 5 sides and rougher on one. A strange thing, could just be environmental, the “rough” side of the rock has a strange smell, kinda of like old cooking oil. photos of “sides” attached. I’ll add photos of top bottom and a few others in comments.
  18. More unidentified MC fossils

    So we have yet another unidentified mazon creek fossil. I see two possible specimens here but I’m not convinced either are proper fossils or even what they could be. The larger one looks like wood to me, and the smaller one looks darker and oddly shaped. I first thought maybe a flat worn?
  19. Fossil ID

    I found this in schuyler county, Missouri about 3 or 4 miles from lancaster a few weeks ago. My grandson would like to take it to school but I felt we needed a bit more information. I am not even positive it IS petrified wood and amber. Whatever it is, I think it's extra pretty!
  20. New acquired Collection

    I have started to collect a few things from a older lady and wanted to share. The large piece of petrified wood is 8” across and 3” thick. The fish I have been wondering if they were the same kind? Love the bug/ mosquito or not sure what to call it. these were found 50+ years ago.
  21. I've collected bucket loads of petrified wood from my family's land in central Texas, but have never found a piece with amber on it. I'm not incredibly keen on sticking a hot needle on it since this is the only specimen I've ever found like this. It doesn't seem to be agate. I can't find many publications on it. Can anyone tell me if this is actually a bit of amber on here or where I can read more about it?
  22. Stumping me beyond belief

    While I am more knowledgeable about fossils than when I joined, this thing is confusing me. It is porous with fine holes and appears to be bone, but it could be wood. Any clues?
  23. Petrified wood in northeastern Ohio

    So I am new to this forum and I'm hoping someone can help me out with this. Also just an FYI I know practically nothing about fossils other than I think they're really cool. I found this rock at my old home in Geauga Gounty Ohio. I was doing some regrading around the foundation of the house when my shovel hit this thing about 2 feet underground. I am certain that it is petrified wood but how it got there is what has me scratching my head. Soil type is a silt loom (mahoning silt loom) the property in the front of the house is classified woodland wetlands. Water table is about 28" below the surface. Not what I would picture when I think of good fossil hunting grounds. So my questions are: - Is it common to find petrified wood in this type of wet clay environment? - Is there any way to determine what type of tree or shrub this may have been from? - If you look close at the picture you may be able to see what I believe are fossilized bug butts that have burrowed holes in this piece of wood. Any thoughts on that? I really wish I could have uploaded more photos but one put me right up to the limit.
  24. I had purchased some petrified wood that was cut into book ends. The blade marks were quite rough. After some effort on my flat lap, to my amazement this half had an image of a man and a dog. I named it Elvis and the Hound Dog. The other half was all black. The piece originated from Sweet Home, OR. I think it is quite the find. I was wondering if others have found pictures in their fossils/rocks. I know picture stone is known for patterns, but images are on another level.
  25. My girlfriend, Valerie and I planned a two week trip to New Mexico and Colorado to visit friends, see scenery, and attend the Peach Festival in Palisades. Of course fossil collecting would be a part of it. I spent a full day with PFOOLEY outside Albuquerque in the Puerco Valley hunting ammonites in the Carlile Member of the Upper Cretaceous Mancos Shale.
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