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  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Are these wood fossils?

    Hi all, I am at Malaysia right now, at a fossil-bearing site. Are these wood fossils? - Andy
  6. Is this petrified wood?

    Found this sticking out of a creek bed. The smaller piece was directly under the larger one, but it doesn't appear to have broken off. It just has a similar structure. I can't figure out if it's wood, coral, tooth, horn, etc. We have a little of each around here (just north of Austin, TX) but mostly marine fossils. In 5 years I haven't come across one that looked like this though. Closest thing to the interior structure I've found is bison tooth. Any ideas?
  7. Some odd wood imprints from Lasalle County Il.

    I need help identifying these, they are everywhere here in Marseilles but I don’t know what they are
  8. Need help with my petrified wood..

    Okay so now that I have found a group of individuals to help me identify.... I would love to know what find of petrified wood I have collected.. species and mineralization would be helpful. I have stuff that I can't find online. I'll start with the first two that I can't even tell if they are wood or not... All help is incredibly appreciated. Found these two river tumbled pieces south of Green River, Utah. Jurassic I think? Very different from everything else in the field.. Looks agatized? Thank you! Trenton
  9. Finally gave up and had to ask questions. These are from southeastern PA, found in a creek. There's quite a bit of chalcedony mixed with what looks like wood, do we have petrified wood here in PA? Some looks a lot like bark although a few seem to be just sedimentary rock ( not posted ). There's also a lot of conglomerate around here, not incredibly interesting then picked up a piece I've never come across before. It's around 4", the other only just over 1" There's no debris on it, the random pieces in the chalcedony are as solid as the rest. If it isn't wood is it something else with organic origins? Then there's this. Piece of pine cone, along the right bottom edge? What is the long piece at the top? Most conglomerate around here is composed of agate and quartz, these are brand new to me. There are quite a few more like the top images, only one like the third. If these don't qualify as fossils, sorry to have posted them in a fossil forum!
  10. I just inherited a large pink petrified piece of wood anybody know where it might be from sorry I have no info.
  11. Petrified Wood?

    Hello, So, I was looking in my collection, and I found this. Its the first fossil I ever found. Found it in my backyard in Nampa, Idaho. I was looking at it today, and I was beginning to wonder if it really was petrified wood. I mean, it didnt look that much like it. It looks more like a crystal. While I was getting a picture under my magnifier, I discovered that it had lines like wood grains going in one direction. I never noticed them. The thing is you can only see these lines under a magnifier at maximum magnification. They are that faint. I have two questions. First off, is this really petrified wood? Second, if it is, why is it so black? I have never seen petrified wood this color. Any help will be appreciated, Jared
  12. Petrified Wood

    Hello, So, I am doing an interesting experiment involving Petrified Wood. I am taking petrified wood and looking at it under a magnifier. I am also taking non fossilized dead wood and looking at it under a magnifier Basically, I am comparing Petrified wood to living wood. I am doing this to see the similarities and the differences between living plants and plant fossils. I am a gardener, its another hobby of mine, and I am curious about the differences and similarities. I have some interesting data so far. According to my observations, there are not a lot of differences between the Petrified wood and the Living wood as far as the grain direction and the rings go. I used a magnifier setting to look at the grains. It may look weird, but it was the best way for me to get an idea of what the grains and rings looked like. Attached are the pictures. I also noticed that the grains and rings are farther apart in the petrified wood. There may be a reason for that. I am looking into it. I just wanted to share this experiment. If anyone has input about the experiment or additional data, please feel free to post it. If you want color photos, I will get them. Jared
  13. Fossils in rock

    Hello, So, I've mentioned several times a rock that I found at my old house and found fossils in. Today, I can now tell you that I'm finally done looking at and going through the Rock. In total, inside the rock, I found two gastropod shells, seven bones that were most likely from a fish, and a whole lot of petrified wood. It's amazing that all this was inside a small 3 to 5 pound rock! Pictures will be coming shortly. I can't really do it from my phone, and my laptop went missing. I'm trying to find it. As soon as I get the pictures, I will post them. Jared
  14. Petrified Wood?

    This small specimen was said to be a naturally polished petrified wood found in a river at Liaoning, China. I cannot find any tree rings or wood features. The surface does however has some irregular patterns. Do you think this is simply a geological specimen or a fossil? It measures 6x4x3cm.
  15. Jasperized Petrified Wood?

    I have a decent collection of petrified wood I've found here in Utah mainly Triassic Chinle, Jurassic Morrison, and Cretaceous Cedar Mountain Formations. This one has me a little stumped though and I am mainly looking to see if anyone has seen something similar to this. I'm about 80% sure it's jasperized petrified wood. Possibly an old rotting log. This was found near Park City, Utah in Keetley volcanic strata. The locality is not from the ash deposits that produced the nice Silver Creek Junction petrified wood (now extinct under commercial developments) but more likely from the violent lahar deposits that came later. No scraps of petrified wood were found. Just this. More info here. ANCIENT VOLCANOES OF THE CENTRAL WASATCH RANGE
  16. Well, it finally happened ... made the time to stop off this summer at the Rice Museum of Rocks and Minerals in Oregon. Specifically in Hillsboro, Oregon. And wow, WOW .. what a collection !! One that rivals or equals a good number of natural history museums that I have visited. The most impressive was the extensive collection of petrified wood. Some of the slabs could have easily swallowed me. The minerals, as you will see were also quite impressive. Outside there was a seeded rock pile that the kids could dig around in and save their treasures for a minimal fee .. 1.00/lb. The first fist-sized mineral was free. Palm wood from Texas ... Some fantastic corals too ...
  17. Petrified wood or ???

    Hi everyone, I enjoy finding agates and fossils along eroding sections of Crowley's Ridge, a ridge of glacial deposits that runs through eastern Arkansas into southeastern Missouri. I appreciate your help ID'ing this chunk of something. As I recall, it's around 15cm long, around 7cm wide. I'll measure it tonight. Most of the petrified wood I find along the ridge is very dark: predominant colors are blacks, browns, and dark reds. I'll include a couple of samples in a picture below Both of those specimens are 7-10cm across. Both look a shade darker in "person." This is light to medium grey (just a shade lighter than it appears in the pics). The growth/deposit rings look interesting. Any thoughts? I appreciate all information/opinions on the grey chunk or the two smaller pieces.
  18. Petrified Wood

    Hello, I just joined and am curious about my petrified wood! I live in North Dakota. I have a lot of it over many acres however mine looks different than a lot I look up. It’s more light gray dark gray black and white. Any info would be appreciated.
  19. Found this antiquing. Was only marked "petrified rock"..It is black & charcoal gray in color with a vertical ribbed texture and some rounded ends. Measures 6.5" tall x 5.5" x 4" and weighs 8lbs 1.1 oz. Is it petrified wood ? Petrified cactus? Or something else? It's only letting me upload 1 photo. Took pics with phone and guess their too big. Will try to post more.
  20. 1 inch thick and about 1 1/2 inch wide found in gravel from the Brazos river this specimen has a basket weave type grain any ideas of the type of wood this was? on first glance I thought it was a wear pattern but under the microscopic camera it looks similar to a basket weave pattern.
  21. petrified wood?

    small chunk of petrified wood ... found this strange looking chunk of petrified wood in the gravel drive west of Houston from gravel from the Brazos River. It is about 2 1/2 inches by 2 inches any ideas on the type of wood?
  22. Hey there, just moved to Charlotte area from up in CT. I got bit by the fossil bug bad up there in Little Falls NY, fell in love with trilobites and the "just one more." So, having just settled in, I am looking for places to go hunting nearby. I know there's a place in the Uwharrie to find petrified wood, and the eastern rivers have shale and fossil beds, but can't quite find any open or legal locations defined enough to be able to drive to them. In the rare case I can make it to the coast, I'll be beachcombing for hours if anyone can point me to a decent shoreline. I'm interested in any sites to go fossil digging, as well as anywhere to go rockhounding within 3-4 hours of Charlotte. There are so many mines just west of Charlotte that are just the sluice and "buy a bucket", or mines that seed the area with rocks from Brazil and such, I'm looking for a native-rock mine that gives a decent chance. I don't have any machinery (unless a metal detector and UV lamp counts), but I've done my time splitting shale/limestone, and have a good eye for tiny things. I like digging holes in debris piles, rainy days that make things shine, and meeting people covered in mud, doing crazy things just to find a really cool "rock". My move to NC has been amazing so far, everyone is so much less frenzied than up north, and y'all are great! If anyone can point me in a gps direction, thanks!
  23. Petrified wood or something else?

    Found this in the Peace River. In the pictures it looks like a wet piece of wood. It’s definitely fossilized. I’m thinking petrified wood but the color doesn’t look like any prices I’ve seen before? Also, what type of sharks are the last two teeth. I think one of them might be a small meg. If it is, it’s my first meg!!!!
  24. What made these holes?

    Good Afternoon, I found this in a washout in southern Brazos County in Texas. The holes look to me like woodpecker or sapsucker marks that are common to that area, but I have found lots of petrified wood in that area and none of it had holes like this. I have also read that several other things could be responsible for holes in petrified wood. I would appreciate any comments or definite identification of how these holes were made. Thanks!
  25. Opalized Wood?

    Can someone please tell me, is opalized/petrified wood actually fully replaced by opal?