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Mazon Creek Area Wood And Bark And Trunk

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I've been searching for some carboniferous wood/bark examples and think I've finally found a number of them. These are found loose in some mine spoil piles along with some coal chunks in the Braidwood Biota areas.

I'm not sure if these are cordaite, psaronius or seed fern. Any ideas?

ITEM 1: Here are four pictures of the first item. The last picture shows a really zoomed in area that shows individual xylems I presume.

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And here's the second one:

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And a third piece of wood:

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And a forth one (psaronius or cordaites bark?):

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Edited by Neophytus Elginian

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And finally, the big guy:

Thinking that this is a Psaronius trunk encrusted with coal. It is about 30 cm tall.

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Auspex

Good eye, especially the first one; well found!

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evannorton

Neat finds....It may be sacreligous but I like to polish one end of some of my finds.

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I think I'll try polishing some. Do you use a sander?

I'm guessing that most of the material is from the tree fern Psaronius (leaves are known as pecopteris). What do others think?

Also the large trunk (last one posted) is pretty fragile with bits of coal falling off. Any advise on keeping that intact? Elmers?

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Auspex

I think I'll try polishing some. Do you use a sander?...

It is pretty rare for this material to preserve structure (like classic 'petrified wood'); most often it is a sediment cast.

Put on a mask and hit it with a belt sander to see how it looks. :)

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Also have some material that appears to be a hodgepodge of woody fragments. I'm wondering if these are coal balls that have been broken apart? Here's pics.

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