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Found 219 results

  1. Fossils or not

    washed up on Isle of Palms beach outside Charleston SC Upper left one has me dumbfounded. Would love to know if they are bones, what animal are they from
  2. IoW jaw-bone or just wood?

    I recently bought a lot of 3 unidentified dinosaur "bones" from Isle Of Wight. But one of them have got me in a bit of a pickle. There's not really any cell structure present anywhere, except from one small spot that seems to have some. Which makes me suspect it's wood. But the overall structure of this piece is really puzzling, because it looks like there are sockets or roots from a jaw in it. I hope someone with more knowledge about IoW fossils can maybe explain what this is.
  3. Found this here in western Colorado I have done some looking online closest thing i can find is fossil/petrified palm wood it would be from the Niobrara Formation, Smoky Hill Member and is Upper/Late Cretaceous. What do you guys think? Did a quick polish too quick as you can see all the scratches haha Thanks anyone that can help
  4. Possible Palm

    From the album Tree/wood ID

  5. Possible Palm

    From the album Tree/wood ID

  6. Possible Palm

    From the album Tree/wood ID

  7. Possible Palm

    From the album Tree/wood ID

  8. Possible Palm

    From the album Tree/wood ID

  9. Help with new found fossils

    I found these fossils on Lake Ontario two weeks ago. I think the first is fossil wood but I’m not sure any help and guess at age would be much appreciated.
  10. Coprolite? Fern? Bone? Wood?

    Good morning folks. I have an item that I picked up listed as "dino poo" about ten years ago. The seller knew nothing about it except that he thought it was poo by sliced it and now thinks it "could be" a fern or poo. Help please. It's very heavy an measures about 6" in length. I was thinking petrified fern or wood. It's a beautiful specimen that really needs a name so I can display it.
  11. Fossil unknown

  12. Ok this is a strange one. If I look head on, I think I see rings - like tree rings. But also weird because there appear to be perhaps growth rings on the outside - two of them. Makes me think of how bamboo grows, with that thick outer ring every so often. Of course, probably just rock with a real interesting history, but there are some marks on this that just have me intrigued. Myrtle Beach find.
  13. 3 specimens - Rock? Wood? Bone?

    3 more specimens - these i labeled 7/8/9. 7 and 9 really, really look like fossilized wood to me. I can't imagine what 8 is - looks like the branch of a tree maybe? But I also know simple rock can take on really interesting shapes and patterns and fool the eye. Thanks again!
  14. What is this?

    I'm not sure what this is. I have my speculations but that's all they are curious to see what you all think. It was found in Venice Florida around a lot of shell, tons of whale bones, manatee, very little sharks teeth, did find a lateral megladon tooth though. It has some curious ridges on it that's got me guessing and maybe the biggest clue. Excuse the gnarly fingers, I do art and construction. Thanks
  15. Please Explain This

    Hi all I just joined up today. I found something that I can not work out. I was walking along a dry creek bed in central Queensland Aus and found what looks like a piece of petrified wood encased in rock. How did this happen? Why didn't it burn up? Any ideas?
  16. Is this petrified wood? (Lulworth)

    Found at Lulworth which is a Late Jurassic to Mid Cretaceous area.
  17. Mazon Creek - Wood ? Bark ??

    Odd looking piece found in the Mazon Creek . Looks to be bark ?? Any ideas ?? Thanks, Phil
  18. Hello everybody i am thinking about building drawers to house my fossils in. could I use pine plywood coated with polyurethane for the drawers or should i do something else.I do not want to have any problems with off gassing or anything else that will damage the fossils.If i do use pine plywood should i coat it in polyurethane.any help will be greatly appreciated.
  19. Is this Petrified Wood limb?

    I was wonderimg if this is petrified wood. I believe it is, but nit sure what it is replaced with. Any help would be appreciated.
  20. 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
  21. Why I Love Blacklight!

    Whenever I bring home a new batch of fossils, I pull out my UV rock lamp. Why? Some fossils glow in the dark, but not in a uniform way. Variations in the mineral composition make for a variety of colors, even when the specimen seems fairly uniform in color in daylight. This can make small, hidden details really stand out. Case in point: This afternoon I was putting away some petrified wood I'd collected awhile back. I pulled out my black light to examine them because some of the wood from this site shows a rainbow of color under UV. This one particular piece was mostly orange under UV, though in camera the hues look different. What really got my attention, however, were a few really vibrant spots on one side. Insect traces! The petrified wood chip is only about 8 cm long. Even with a magnifier, some of the small details are hard to spot. I never would have spotted them in daylight, but they were super bright with the UV. Another box I was sorting through this week contained impressions of brachiopods and trilobites in plain, white limestone. It can be hard to see the contours in the matrix, but they show up much differently under the UV. Finally, UV light can be used to identify fossil mollusks whose patterns have bleached away. About 60% of fossil shells fluoresce and some species have been described based on the residual patterns made visible under ultraviolet light. Note: To photograph these, I used a Convoy UV LED flashlight. I set my camera on a tripod for a 4 second exposure at f/22, with ISO set to 1600. I had my DSLR's white balance set for daylight.
  22. Abbey wood microfossils

    Hi guys I found all this stuff searching through abbey wood micro matrix I collected last Wednesday and I was wondering if you could help me ID any of it thanks in advance location:Lesnes abbey wood, london age:paleogene formation: blackheath member, Thanet formation 1. Some type of fish jaw? 2.reptile or fish vert? 3.coral? 4.fish bone? 5.fish vert? 6.coprolite? 7.fishvert?
  23. Hi everyone, just joined the group. I recently did a kayak trip down the Brazos River Below Possum Kingdom Lake and found some petrified wood. I was wondering if anyone knew of what geologic age and formation it might be from? The surrounding geology seems to be Paleozoic but there is also Pleistocene terraces. Is it possible the wood could have been mineralized in a Pleistocene terrace or is this more likely from a surrounding Paleozoic formation? Thanks in advance for the help.
  24. Fluorescent Silicified Cypress Wood

    From the album Fluorescent Petrified Wood

    One of Delaware's many mysteries is the petrified wood found near Odessa and Smyrna. The general consensus is that is cypress wood of some kind and it was buried under Pleistocene sediments. However, the origin of the wood and the age have yet to be figured out. Some say Miocene. Others say as old as Cretaceous. There are no other co-occurring fossils in the deposit to give any clues. The photo on the right was taken using a 395 nm UV lamp.
  25. Tree 02 5.JPG

    From the album 1925 Body & Trace Fossil Collection - Vegitation

    This weighs in at 635 g