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Just wanted to share the beauty of this recent carboniferous find. I just sliced this yesterday. It still needs some work and i need to finish the other half, but take a look at the vascular cell structures of this fern tree (psaronius sp.). There is pyrite throughtout this piece, giving it a real luster (it's hard to see in the pictures).
Stocksdale posted a topic in Fossil IDLast year, I found a large trunk of a tree at a coal mine heap in the Mazon Creek area. Images of it here and here. A few weeks ago, I found some more parts (a few feet from the original) that look like identical material. One of which is also a large root/trunk. It has an interesting curve shape. Looks like part of a root mantel rising out of the ground. Here's the bottom part. And here's some details of areas of the bottom showing what I assume is adventitious rootlets.
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.