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Plant & Petrified Wood Fossils

The plant fossil record is as crucial in understanding the prehistoric world as fossilized remains of dinosaurs. These fossils of flora tell a great deal about the nature of Earth's early atmosphere and are essential for paleobotanists in piecing together this existence.

The rigorous study of prehistoric plants, known as the science of paleobotany, developed in the latter half of the 18th century with the research of Bohemian scientist Kaspar Maria von Sternberg. Sternberg's work resulted in immediate interest in prehistoric plant life, encouraging collectors and museum curators to clamor for well-preserved specimens of these prehistoric species.

Just like their dinosaur contemporaries, plants and trees were preserved from the prehistoric era in the Earth's rock bed through a variety of conditions. Some of these fossils were mere imprints of the plant preserved on the surface of the stone. Others, like petrified wood, involved the replacement of the organic plant tissues with stone over the course of many years. What these fossils reveal is both the remarkable diversity of plant life in prehistoric climates and the early ancestors of some of the plant species still seen today.


Quick Facts

  • Paleobotany is closely aligned with the sister science of palynology, the study of fossilized plant spores
  • The most common type of plant fossil found is known as an adpression, which simply means the impression of former plant life upon a stone surface
  • Some of the largest petrified trees were discovered in Thailand in 2013. The petrified grove appeared to have thrived more than 800,000 years ago

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PETRIFIED WOOD HEART ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 16, 1:00 PM CST
PETRIFIED WOOD HEART ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
LARGE GENUINE PETRIFIED WOOD SLICE FROM MADAGASCAR
Dec 06, 4:00 PM EST
LARGE GENUINE PETRIFIED WOOD SLICE FROM MADAGASCAR
by DejaVu Estate Sales & Auctions
Est: $400- $500
$501 Bid
Vibrant Triassic Arizona Petrified Wood Slab
Dec 08, 8:00 AM MST
Vibrant Triassic Arizona Petrified Wood Slab
by Artemis Gallery
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$6501 Bid
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Petrified Tree Trunk Segment
Dec 11, 4:00 PM ACST
Petrified Tree Trunk Segment
by Shapiro Auctioneers
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD1601 Bid
1 POUND PETRIFIED WOOD SPHERE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Dec 06, 1:00 PM CST
1 POUND PETRIFIED WOOD SPHERE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$201 Bid
PETRIFIED WOOD SPHERE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Dec 06, 1:00 PM CST
PETRIFIED WOOD SPHERE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$350 Bids
PETRIFIED WOOD SLAB ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Dec 06, 1:00 PM CST
PETRIFIED WOOD SLAB ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$100 Bids
PETRIFIED WOOD SLAB ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Dec 06, 1:00 PM CST
PETRIFIED WOOD SLAB ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$120 Bids
PETRIFIED WOOD SLAB ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Dec 06, 1:00 PM CST
PETRIFIED WOOD SLAB ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$240 Bids
PETRIFIED WOOD SLAB ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Dec 06, 1:00 PM CST
PETRIFIED WOOD SLAB ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$120 Bids
PETRIFIED WOOD SLAB ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Dec 06, 1:00 PM CST
PETRIFIED WOOD SLAB ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$180 Bids
PETRIFIED WOOD SLABS ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Dec 06, 1:00 PM CST
PETRIFIED WOOD SLABS ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$120 Bids
5 POUND PETRIFIED WOOD SPHERE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Dec 06, 1:00 PM CST
5 POUND PETRIFIED WOOD SPHERE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$350 Bids
PETRIFIED WOOD SLAB ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Dec 06, 1:00 PM CST
PETRIFIED WOOD SLAB ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$120 Bids
PETRIFIED WOOD SLAB ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Dec 06, 1:00 PM CST
PETRIFIED WOOD SLAB ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$180 Bids
PETRIFIED WOOD SLAB ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Dec 06, 1:00 PM CST
PETRIFIED WOOD SLAB ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$80 Bids
PETRIFIED WOOD SLAB ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Dec 06, 1:00 PM CST
PETRIFIED WOOD SLAB ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$120 Bids
PETRIFIED WOOD SLAB ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Dec 06, 1:00 PM CST
PETRIFIED WOOD SLAB ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$100 Bids
4 POUND PETRIFIED WOOD DISPLAY ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Feb 01, 1:00 PM CST
4 POUND PETRIFIED WOOD DISPLAY ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids
300 Million Year Old Fossil Plant Specimen
Dec 17, 2:00 PM EST
300 Million Year Old Fossil Plant Specimen
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $50- $100
$400 Bids
PETRIFIED WOOD SLAB ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Dec 06, 1:00 PM CST
PETRIFIED WOOD SLAB ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$350 Bids
PETRIFIED WOOD SLAB ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Dec 06, 1:00 PM CST
PETRIFIED WOOD SLAB ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$120 Bids
PETRIFIED WOOD SLAB ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Dec 06, 1:00 PM CST
PETRIFIED WOOD SLAB ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$240 Bids
PETRIFIED WOOD SLAB ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Dec 06, 1:00 PM CST
PETRIFIED WOOD SLAB ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$120 Bids

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