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While waiting for my rock pick to arrive (I'm a noob), I went for a recce to a site in Fife in Scotland, on the coast of the Firth of Forth. I gather the site is carboniferous limestone. While mooching about trying to work out how to tell the difference between rocks and fossils, I spotted this... And an oblique view... The regularity of the dimples is what caught my attention. The dimpled surface is pretty flat, and there are no similar features on any other surfaces. It was lying loose, roughly in the area shown here... In other words, at the boundary between the high tide mark and the dryer stuff. I didn't need to clean it or anything - the photos show it in the condition in which it was found. A bit of searching afterwards leaves me thinking that it's a fragment of clubmoss rootstock (Stigmaria Ficoides). Does that sound about right?
I'm trying to identify this fossil. It was collected in Pennsylvania (exact location unknown), about 50 years ago. The length is over 2 feet and the trunk is a little more than 3 inches wide. It is clearly some sort of scale tree, but the leaf scars are not diamond shaped as in Lepidodendron, or vertical aligned (and no ribs) as in Sigillaria. They may be in a spiral patern. The trunk markings look similar to roots, but there are clearly attached grass-like leaves along both sides (which means that the leaf scars are not worn, as they would be lower down a trunk). Any ideas?
Would anyone have any sort of idea of how much this Stigmaria fossil might be worth? It is approximately 12 in. x 6 in., I do not know where it originally is from. It was found within the landscape rocks of my sisters house, which is in southwest Ohio. From what I know of these, they are Carboniferous and not typically found around here, since most of the fossils found here (Cincinnati, OH) are usually Ordovician. I was thinking this stigmaria might have been transported with rocks from a quarry for landscaping purposes. The house is over 50 years old, so I have no way of knowing where the rocks came from. I was thinking of offering my brother in law something for this fossilized tree root (He does not collect fossils by the way.) What would this stigmaria be worth to someone who collects fossils like me? Thanks to anyone who replies, your opinions will be appreciated.