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  1. BAAMM

    Found in Wisconsin

    Found my first piece of fossilized wood looking to learn a little bit more about it anybody have any information.
  2. Rubykicks

    Petrified wood identification

    I believe this is petrified wood. I Found this and a larger piece, but the larger one is a different texture. It's more smooth with dimples and I was able to figure out identification of that one, but I'm not so sure about this one. Any information?
  3. Harry Pristis

    Florida palm "wood"

    From the album: PLANT, WOOD & MINERAL SPECIMENS

    The common practice for petrified wood is to use "form genera" names for specimens, thus all petrified palm fiber is described as Palmoxylon sp and the roots as Rhizopalmoxylon sp. The reason for this convention is that the wood rarely gets as much attention as the foliage when plants are described and these components are rarely, if ever, found attached. In the Early Pleistocene, about two million years ago, this bit of trunk was driftwood in the paleo Santa Fe River. The waterlogged wood sank to the bottom in a basin in the river channel. They became buried in a highly organic mud durin

    © &copyHarry Pristis 2008

  4. Harry Pristis

    Beetle Borings on Petrified Wood

    From the album: PLANT, WOOD & MINERAL SPECIMENS

    In the Early Pleistocene, about two million years ago, these twigs and bits of trunk were driftwood in the paleo Santa Fe River. The waterlogged twigs sank to the bottom in a basin in the river channel. They became buried in a highly organic mud during seasonal flooding. This anaerobic, low-energy burial preserved fine details such as bark and even insect borings. The wood is thoroughly mineralized with apatite -- it 'clanks' when two pieces are tapped together. This wood is dated biochronologically by the vertebrate fossils also found in the mud, notably Holmesina floridana, a gian

    © Harry Pristis 2008

  5. Harry Pristis

    Pathologies (knots) in Petrified Wood

    From the album: PLANT, WOOD & MINERAL SPECIMENS

    In the Early Pleistocene, about two million years ago, these twigs and bits of trunk were driftwood in the paleo Santa Fe River. The waterlogged twigs sank to the bottom in a basin in the river channel. They became buried in a highly organic mud during seasonal flooding. This anaerobic, low-energy burial preserved fine details such as bark and even insect borings. The wood is thoroughly mineralized with apatite -- it 'clanks' when two pieces are tapped together. This wood is dated biochronologically by the vertebrate fossils also found in the mud, notably Holmesina floridana, a gian

    © &copyHarry Pristis 2008

  6. Harry Pristis

    pine cone

    From the album: PLANT, WOOD & MINERAL SPECIMENS

    In the Early Pleistocene, about two million years ago, this pine cone cob was driftwood in the paleo Santa Fe River. The waterlogged wood sank to the bottom in a basin in the river channel. They became buried in a highly organic mud during seasonal flooding. This anaerobic, low-energy burial preserved fine details such as bark and even insect borings. The cob is thoroughly mineralized with apatite -- it 'clanks' when two pieces are tapped together. This pine cone cob is dated biochronologically by the vertebrate fossils also found in the mud, notably Holmesina floridana, a giant arm

    © Harry Pristis 2013

  7. Harry Pristis

    twig pathology

    From the album: PLANT, WOOD & MINERAL SPECIMENS

    This bit of petrified wood, largely replaced by apatite (calcium phosphate), exhibits some damage from insects, or it may be a canker from a bacterial or viral infection. You can see other images with a brief discussion here: http://www.thefossil...ogy#entry368790 In the Early Pleistocene, about two million years ago, these twigs and bits of trunk were driftwood in the paleo Santa Fe River. The waterlogged twigs sank to the bottom in a basin in the river channel. They became buried in a highly organic mud during seasonal flooding. This anaerobic, low-energy burial preserved fine deta

    © Harry Pristis 2013

  8. hndmarshall

    Just Weird...What is this???

    Ok found this Odd thing at first thought it might be petrified wood but I tried looking at it through a microscopic camera and could not find any of the basic fossil wood cell structure that I normally find on petrified wood. There are places on it that look mesh like? ....well I took a close up of it ... if it were some type of bone the inside would be darker right?....just not sure with this one. Found in a gravel load from the bed of the Brazos River near the West Houston Texas area.
  9. AggieGrass

    Landscape River Rock Finds

    Howdy, Couple day old member here. I am a Landscape Professional and I see alot of river rock. Lately I've moved to Austin, TX and have noticed alot of petrified wood in the rock materials we use. I'm 99% positive it is all native, locally sourced in the Texas Hill Country. Anyway I have a few pieces I'm curious to whether it's machine marks or not and a couple pieces I'm not sure if they're just gnarly rocks or not. Petrified wood ID is what brought me here and I found some good info so I signed up. Any information and help is greatly appreciated. Thanks yall!
  10. psaggu

    Petrified Wood?

    Hi All Found this on a red clay mound near my house, newly developed area, so may have been dug up during excavation works.
  11. I_gotta_rock

    Fluorescent Petrified Wood

    From the album: Fluorescent Petrified Wood

    Cypress Wood, viewed under white light (top) and short-wave ultraviolet light (bottom) Miocene Odessa, Delaware

    © copyright 2021 Heather JM Siple

  12. I_gotta_rock

    Fluorescent Petrified Wood

    From the album: Fluorescent Petrified Wood

    Cypress Wood, viewed under white light (top) and short-wave ultraviolet light (bottom) Miocene Odessa, Delaware

    © copyright 2021 Heather JM Siple

  13. I_gotta_rock

    Fluorescent Petrified Wood

    From the album: Fluorescent Petrified Wood

    Cypress Wood, viewed under white light (top) and short-wave ultraviolet light (bottom) Miocene Odessa, Delaware

    © copyright 2021 Heather JM Siple

  14. I_gotta_rock

    Fluorescent Petrified Wood

    From the album: Fluorescent Petrified Wood

    Cypress Wood, viewed under white light (top) and short-wave ultraviolet light (bottom) Miocene Odessa, Delaware

    © copyright 2021 Heather JM Siple

  15. ErikAndere

    Clarno Wood Dig

    While out wandering with friends in Clarno vicinity (the town, but probably also the formation; well away from the Palisades and on public land open to rockhounding and collection,) we came across some really vibrant, bright petrified wood, quite unusual for the area. The source tree looks like it's encased in a coarse ash or tuff, with a "shell" of harder material. The wood looks agatized but is still very brittle, too brittle for lapidary application but gorgeous for display; lot of opalized areas and mineralization. I tried to get back far enough to get a solid round but was unsuccessful (r
  16. I was walking along the many trails in the Sugar Land area near the Brazos River when I found a wonderful beach with many pieces of petrified wood. I'm very new to this world of fossils and rocks but I was quite intrigued by a piece of petrified wood with what I believed to be some fossilized sap (amber?). I was wondering if anyone could tell me more about this rock or the round piece of bone I found as well. Any input would be greatly appreciated! -Blxbrry
  17. This display contains 100+ specimens of the best petrified wood that I found, during more than a decade of fossil-hunting, in the Triassic age Newark Basin of southeastern Pennsylvania. The material is scarce. I have plenty more smaller pieces. The shelves dimensions are 6 feet x 5 feet x 1 foot.
  18. Chingazzin1

    Unknown Fossil Please Help Identify

    Hi I have a fossil I found while exploring an area near Dubbo NSW australia. I taught it was just petrified wood until I cleaned it and notice on one end has colour and looks like it could have fish fins on the side. The length is 300mm and width is at its widest point 180mm. It was just sitting on side of a dirt track and also has another part to it which I will pick up next time I'm out that way again. Any help in identifying what I have here would be much appreciated as I wouldn't have a clue other than what I think it is. Thanks
  19. Hello TFF, I purchased this relatively inexpensive specimen at Mineralfest this past fall, and I was wondering if anyone could tell me more about it. The seller informed me it could possibly be from Madagascar, but was transparent in admitting that she couldn't confirm for sure. It was with other pieces of petrified wood that were brown, but I was drawn to this one due to the red hues. I think it's agatized, and it looks "glassy," although there are too many impurities to shine a cell phone light through it. One side is polished, and I put water on the rougher backside to show mor
  20. My interest is in current earth conditions that would be amenable to the creation of fossils, specifically petrified wood. I want to place wood in a position where it will be likely to form petrified wood at some point in the distant future for an artistic project. I am not a scientist, although I am reasonably scientifically literate. Nevertheless, there may be blind spots in my assumptions here. I would love to hear any thoughts that forum members might have. I would imagine a group of experienced fossil hunters might have a good idea of what past conditions have been good for fossilization.
  21. I'm interested in petrified wood for both the scientific value (wood where the cell structure is well preserved) and for the aesthetic value (mineralized with vivid colors and crystal shapes). Below are two petrified wood slabs from my collection. Black (carbon) and White (silica) Slab: Below are some close-up pictures taken with my digital microscope that show the wood structure in this black and white petrified slab: continued in next reply Marco Sr.
  22. Hi all! Brand new member here but long time geological fan and rockhounder. I am new to Texas and my job site has quite a bit of echinoid and bivalve fossils, and I was out rummaging around in the woods looking for some fossils when a “stone” on the soil surface stood out like a sore thumb to all the geological type base material in the area. In one little pocket in the under brush of cedar I noticed crystalline formations on material that was unique to the whole area. I am new to the whole geological formations but I was assuming it was in the glen rose formation type area. Anyone based on lo
  23. Fossilvania

    Petrified wood in this conglomerate?

    Any ideas as to what this might be? Thinking could be wood remnants, maybe petrified or partially so? Northwest PA, lots of glacial debris in area.
  24. MarcoSr

    Cut or not cut?

    I am debating whether to cut or grind smooth in several areas two pieces of Indonesian petrified wood with botryoidal chalcedony that I recently received. This is what I was supposed to have received: This is what I received (The seller removed most of the yellow surface agate.): I just don’t like the look of the pieces gouged and scratched so I want to remove as much of the damaged areas as possible and maybe grind smooth other areas. First Question: Should I try to cut the piec
  25. Nathan8372

    Plant Cast or Animal Fossil?

    Good Morning, I came across this interesting piece about 3' below-grade in Live Oak County, Texas. I've managed to dissolve some of the 'caliche' with 5% vinegar to clean this up a bit. There is pet wood and the occasional Columbian Mammoth molar in the same vicinity as this piece was found. It is relatively light for it's size, compared to pet wood. Looking for anyone who can offer an opinion/advice on this piece.
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