LIFELIKE PETRIFIED EOCENE SPLIT TREE TRUNK SECTION WITH RARE
PRESERVATION FROM FRANCE
54.8 to 33.7 million years ago
Petrified wood in its natural form is less prevalent on the market
compared to sliced and polished examples. Unfortunately, when such
modifications are done to the specimen, the fossil value of the wood is
lessened and the piece becomes more of a pretty mineral showpiece rather than an
educational and intriguing
display fossil because the natural interior and exterior appearance
has been modified or in some cases, destroyed.
This is a large portion of
a split trunk from a tree that once lived in the Eocene Period in
France. The species is not known. There are
very rare features
that are not seen in your typical petrified wood. If you were only
allowed to look at it and not pick it up to feel its weight, you would
absolutely swear it was modern wood! The unique petrification
process has retained the most minute cellular structures, COLOR and
texture of modern wood right down to the chatoyant appearance of living
wood grain when viewed in strong light. This piece was dug so it
had not been yet exposed to the elements of modern time. Perfectly
resembling split firewood, the fibrous internal structures are intact
and completely petrified. This is an immensely
attractive fossil wood specimen and highly recommended either as a
stand-alone accent piece or as an addition to a fossil wood collection
to show the varying forms of petrified wood.
Large portions of the
surface are covered in drusy crystals making the wood look as though it
is coated in tiny diamonds when held in strong light.
Irresistible to touch!
SELDOM do you see petrified fossil wood with these features and this
well preserved in such a massive solid piece.
NO REPAIR, POLISHING, OR
Petrified wood forms when real wood lies buried underground and its
organic structure is gradually replaced with hard mineral. This
petrification requires rapid burial of the wood to prevent normal decay.
This can happen in different ways. A flooding river can have bury
the forest floor under a layer of sand and silt, for example.
Another circumstance could occur when forests are covered by volcanic
ash. After burial, mineralized groundwater begins to percolate
through the wood, coating cell walls and filling the intercellular
cavities with stone. In some cases, the entire log is converted to
stone and is solid like a cast of the original piece. In other
cases, the delicate cellular structures are preserved along with growth
rings, bark and knots such that the petrified wood exactly resembles
modern wood yet is heavy as stone when held, and clinks like porcelain.
Such detailed preservation is possible because the organic wood
molecules become coated and surrounded with smaller silica molecules.
Small amounts of impurities in the mineralized water add color to the
fossilized wood. The hues of yellow, brown and red indicate iron
while black and purple are derived from carbon or manganese.
EXAMPLE OF REALISTIC-LOOKING PETRIFIED WOOD IN AN UNUSUALLY LARGE SPLIT
SINGLE TREE TRUNK PORTION!
18.4" long x 5 wide
Actual Item - One Only