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This is the first post from a new member. This subject has led me to the Fossil Forum many, many times however I have yet to understand precisely how to identify snakewood. I understand some of the basics (growth rings will be present and the rod structures will be packed tightly together), but I am having a difficult time applying what I know to the specimens in my hands.


I have attached several photos showing material collected from an exposed area of the Yagua Formation in Burleson County, Texas. I have collected many palm wood specimens in my lifetime, but some of the pieces shown here appear to be a little different. I know that several of these are not palm, and I am quite sure they are not snakewood either, however determining wood species beyond "palm or not palm" is a concept that escapes me and they are included more for reference. Identification of these reference pieces would also help to expand my overall understanding.  I would appreciate any assistance that can be provided.


The first photo shows an overview of the seven pieces contained in the close-ups that follow. The pieces were wet when the close-ups were taken and the profile of each piece is only shown once.











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Sorry, the photos are not shown in the same order as when added to the post. 

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palm wood, I think

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DPS Ammonite

Not palm wood since palm never has the fine parallel lines found in close ups of photos.


See paper about snake wood:

Hueber, F.M.; E.M.V. Nambudiri; W.D. Tidwell; E.F. Wheeler (1991). "An Eocene fossil tree with cambial variant wood structure"(PDF). Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology. Amsterdam: Elsevier Science Publishers B.V. 68 (3–4): 257–267. doi:10.1016/0034-6667(91)90027-z.








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I think some of the confusion with palm wood may be the presence of pocket rot. 

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Some of the pictures look like hardwood.  See the below page from Wood Identification for Hardwood and Softwood Species Native to Tennessee.






Marco Sr.

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Thanks for that link grandpa. It will definitely come in handy!

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