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Found 11 results

  1. possible petrified fruit

    I found a 5 centimeter (2 inch) diameter rock in Oregon. When I hit it with a hammer (several times) it split perfectly in half. In the middle there was what appeared to be a seed - about the size, shape, and color of an apple seed. The rock had all these "carpels" or "rays", "flakes" coming out from the center. I sanded one half of the inside of the rock. I did not sand the outside. The outside is very hard. The inside is sort of flaky. The outside could not be scratched with a fingernail or coin. Acid did not make the rock fizz or do anything. Someone thought it might be a concretion but I doubt that because of the pattern and "flakes". What do you think it is?
  2. Novice to identifying fossils, if there's a lower rung on the knowledge scale it would probably be more applicable. Found this about 30cm deep in north central West Virginia about 12 miles south of Cumberland MD. Our yard is about 10cm of topsoil and at least a meter of hard packed shale (that's as far down as I've had the pleasure of digging for my projects). I've found other similar items but this one split to show the interior which caught my interest.
  3. Porocystus Globularis (2).JPG

    From the album Central Texas Fossils

    Porocystus Globularis Algael Fruit Found in Hays County
  4. Petrified Fruit?

    I had purchased a box of fossils and it was chocked full of goodies but there were two that no matter how hard I searched could not find online. I did however find this group. I am hoping someone here can identify them. I took pics of the largest one will try to get better pics I also studied it with a microscopic camera and snapped a few pics. As you can see it has a fruit shape and a stem. pics one and two are nice clear pics...Pic 3 shows where it was eaten off of by something? the white part is crystallized. I have included a microscopic pic of the stem Thu Aug 30 21-58-34.jpg pic Thu Aug 30 23-20-32.jpg shows a microscopic view of the smooth area on the fruit notice the pattern. Thu Aug 30 22-04-05.jpg this is a microscopic view of the side of stem note pattern. Thu Aug 30 23-41-12.jpg this is the crystallized area or possibly the meat of the fruit it is dotted with very small black crystals or could they be tiny fossilized seeds? Thu Aug 30 23-48-51.jpg one of the black objects. Thu Aug 30 23-42-33.jpg decomposition on part of the fruit ?...can fungus fossilize? Thu Aug 30 23-26-38.jpg some areas under microscopic camera appear opalized around stem and tiny areas here and there. Thu Aug 30 22-02-23.jpg this pic is of the dark area between the outer part of the fruit and the crystal section. to the necked eye it appears to have tiny teeth marks...under the mic not sure. Thu Aug 30 23-08-13.jpg more of the larger dark area between outer part and crystal. so is this a fruit of some kind? ...seems so to me thank you for looking.
  5. Pseudo or other?

    I have been looking at this and can't decide if it's something or not. I leave it to the experts. Personally I thought concretion until I saw the belt. It looks like a squashed acorn, but I don't believe there were oaks in Lower Cretaceous. Thoughts? No, it's not a human artifact.
  6. Unidentified fossil fruit

    Hello! I received this fossil from a friend - He could not remember the NAME of the fruit - only that it is agatized fruit, from Queensland, Australia, and that it is a bit scarce. Can anyone give an idea? It looks a bit "squashed" - but very interesting! Thanks for looking!
  7. Fruiting body?

    I found this a while back in the lower Cretaceous. I'm not sure what it is. It looks like a fruit of some sort. I've never found anything like it. Mostly what I find are ammonites, gastropods, bivalves, brachiopods, corals and such. I have not totally cleaned it up, because I found these little nibs on the surface and I'm not sure if they're part of the structure or not. Also what I think is the top or stem area is very tough and I'd hate to ruin some fine feature if it's there. I'd like to know what it is supposed to look like before I finish it off. I'm a novice so I don't really know good techniques for cleaning off the stuff encrusting it. Hopefully I'll improve with practice. I'm eager to learn, because I've got a lot of cool fossils still encased in crud I'd like to remove if I knew a good way to go about it. It's about 2 cm in diameter. The first 2 shots I took on a mirror so you could see the top and bottom/side in one shot. Any help would be appreciated.
  8. Possible petrified apple

    This was found years ago by my mother in the Ozarks of Missouri in southeast Missouri, on the st. Francois river. Has been around me since I can remember. Any help would be appreciated.
  9. Fruit or Egg?

    Hi, I found this along a cliff side region on the north shore of Lake Erie where I've also found many specimens from around the Devonian period (different bracheopod species, horn coral, plants and a several others that I will post on this site later). It was found in a ravine about 10 meters down from the surface level but around 20 meters from lake level. Thanks for any help that can be offered!
  10. Fossil Fruit?

    Here’s the item mentioned on another thread concerning fossil fruits. It’s in a nodule about half an inch thick and from the Kem Kem formations of the Moroccan Sahara. It was claimed to be “a fruit”, but I have no idea. It’s not the easiest thing to photograph, but here’s some pics taken under different lighting conditions of both the positive and negative halves: Positives: Negatives: Any ideas?.... Any ideas if you squinch your eyes really hard?