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MUSEUM SPECIMEN GIANT 23 MILLION YEAR OLD FOSSILIZED TREE LOG WITH INCREDIBLE GRAIN AND NATURAL LIFELIKE DETAIL

Czech Republic

MIOCENE PERIOD:  23 million years ago

Petrified wood in its natural form is MUCH 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. 

Substantial intact large fossil petrified logs that depict natural anatomy and grain IN the wood are very uncommon.  Most petrified logs are casts of the original log shape that has been filled with stone (agate in most cases) over time.  The interior fiber and cellular structure is virtually to completely lost because of this.  On the contrary, this EXTRAORDINARY example above exhibits detailed fossilized grain and internal wood anatomical structures as seen in the close-up images above, especially of the ends of the log.  Typical petrified logs do not display this and rather, only show the outer crude detail of the former tree surface and internal stone colorations of the wood which is replaced with agate.  Here we can actually see INTO the wood by the display of the linear grain and growth rings!  The wood did not disintegrate and become filled with agate like normal petrified wood but instead, became petrified on a cellular level and thereby, retains detail rarely seen.

And when is the last time you saw colors like this in a petrified log?  Normal agate petrified wood is sometimes blue only because of the color of the agate that is filling it.  On this specimen, you have the actual wood grain and fibers changing colors due to environmental exposure on one side.  The entire log also became worn by the elements at some point in its life as a fossil and the result is not only a shockingly beautiful large fossil log to look at but the feel of this piece is even more incredible.  It begs to be touched and the silky surface is as mesmerizing to feel as it appears.  If you are impressed with the photos, seeing this amazing specimen in person would leave you speechless because the photos cannot show the REFLECTIVITY of the grain and how it shimmers in the light.  

Out of our all our collecting efforts with this material, THIS IS THE LARGEST petrified log that has been discovered to date from the deposit.  It is MASSIVE and much more impressive in person than the photos convey.  The species is not known.  There are very rare features that are not seen in your typical petrified wood.  For collectors of fossil plants and petrified wood collectors, this is an extremely rare and unusual specimen with incredible natural life-like detail and shades of blue and gray.  This piece was dug so it had not been yet exposed to the elements of modern time thereby retaining its splendid detail.  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.  RARE LOCATION AND RARE COLOR.  NO REPAIR, ENHANCEMENT, POLISHING, OR RESTORATION.  Fossil has been stabilized and is perfectly safe to handle and touch.


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.

THE LARGEST PETRIFIED LOG WE HAVE EVER SEE COME FROM THIS DEPOSIT - EXTREMELY RARE IN THIS MONSTROUS SIZE!

21.25" long x 15" wide x 6" thick

$4995     PL066     STAND INCLUDED     Actual Item - One Only

Comes with a certificate of authenticity / information sheet.

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