GIANT 23 MILLION YEAR OLD FOSSILIZED TREE LOG WITH INCREDIBLE GRAIN AND
NATURAL LIFELIKE DETAIL
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.
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.
our all our collecting efforts with this material, THIS IS THE LARGEST
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
NO REPAIR, ENHANCEMENT, POLISHING, OR
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.
PETRIFIED LOG WE HAVE EVER SEE COME FROM THIS DEPOSIT -
IN THIS MONSTROUS SIZE!
21.25" long x 15" wide
x 6" thick
Actual Item - One Only
Comes with a certificate of authenticity / information sheet.