Petrified wood is the common name for wood that has turned to stone.  Almost all of today’s modern tree (wood) types have ancient fossil remnants that we can study.  The patterns on the different types of wood appear unchanged from their modern counterparts.  The most famous wood is the auraucarian wood, which is a descendant of the Norfolk pine.  The wood is between 190 million years old and 225 million years old and is considered the oldest wood in the world.  It often fossilizes into beautiful reds, pinks, yellows, and other bright colours.  The Petrified Forrest in Arizona, USA is an excellent find of this type of wood. 

Petrified wood is often found underground, fossil wood chips at the surface will indicate a find, the soil will then be dug up to reveal the fossil wood.  Erosion has already destroyed the wood close to the surface, so it is exciting for the collector to dig up the petrified wood so that it may be preserved.  Like other fossils, the various wood types require a lot of work in cleaning, polishing, and preparing the pieces for display. 

  • Dimensions: 53 mm x 43 mm x 43 mm.
  • Genuine fossil.
  • This item includes an information card about the fossil.
  • A certificate of authenticity is included with this item.
  • Plastic stand included.

This fossil requires special care - exposure to water and other chemicals, such as cleaning products or aerosols, will damage it over time. If you polish the fossil, use a dry cloth only, or an air duster that does not contain any disinfectant or other chemicals.

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