Petrified wood is always a welcome find.

Petrified wood Delaware such as this piece can appear naturally polished. Possible cypress wood, it is from a secondary Pleistocene deposit.

Location: Odessa, Delaware

Fossil Collector: Karenne Snow

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: +2 (from 2 votes)
Fossil wood from the plains of Idaho looks like driftwood.

These pieces of fossil wood from the Bruneau area of southern Idaho look like pieces of driftwood. The petrified wood weathers of out buttes and badlands in the area and is probably Miocene in age. Much of southern Idaho was covered by ash falls from the eruptions of the Bruneau-Jarbridge volcano about that time which likely helped to preserve the wood. Microscopic diatom fossils on the surface confirm that they were floating around in some river or lake ages ago. The fossils are about 3 -4 inches long.

Location: Near Bruneau, Idaho

Collector: Scott Stepanski

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: +3 (from 5 votes)
Peace River Florida petrified wood fossils.

A screen load of petrified wood collected on a Peace River, Florida Fossil Expedition.

Photo: Courtesy Mark Rentz
Location: Peace River, Florida
Fossil Expeditions

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: +2 (from 2 votes)
Fossil fern leaves in red Kansas rock

Beautiful Kansas fern fossils reveal delicate leaves preserved in stone.

A selection of fern fossils from the fossil collection trip

A plant fossil treasure trove.

prehistoric plant bark

A piece of prehistoric bark is a tantalizing fossil. If there are some Kansas fossil hunters out there or fossil fern collectors, please post your comment to help identify these finds.

Location: Northeastern Kansas

The area is a near a man-made reservoir in NE Kansas. My hiking bud and I were doing just that, or planning on it: nice afternoon fall hike in the woods along a lake. We hadn’t made it far before I found a piece. Well, being the rock hounds we are, we spent most of our daylight looking for more fossils.

Farther down the lake shore there are a great many more rocks that I would assume may yield even more, larger and nicer specimens of fossils, but that’s for another day and a pair of rock hammers [for the] Kansas sandstone/limestone chert hillside. We have had many such fossil hikes but none that yielded ferns till now. Of course we will go back!

Collector: Sadie J.

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: +9 (from 9 votes)
A fossil cycad from kansas?

What is this strange find from northeastern Kansas? Is it fossil fern bark or the outside of a fossil cycad? Is there someone familiar with Kansas plant fossils that can help us out?

Location: Northeastern Kansas

Collector: Sadie J.

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: +4 (from 4 votes)