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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 SLAB ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Oct 21, 1:00 PM CDT
PETRIFIED WOOD SLAB ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$403 Bids
200 Million Year Old Petrified Wood Specimen
Nov 27, 2:00 PM EST
200 Million Year Old Petrified Wood Specimen
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $75- $150
$502 Bids
Petrified wood ancient specimen
Nov 17, 6:00 PM EST
Petrified wood ancient specimen
by Captain Ahab's Antiques
Est: $25- $75
$201 Bid
Arizona Rainbow Petrified Wood Fossil Quartz
Oct 30, 6:00 PM MST
Arizona Rainbow Petrified Wood Fossil Quartz
by Ace Of Estates
Est: $100- $200
$51 Bid
PETRIFIED WOOD HEART ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Oct 21, 1:00 PM CDT
PETRIFIED WOOD HEART ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$61 Bid
2 1/4" Southwest Petrified Wood Arrowhead
Oct 23, 1:00 PM EDT
2 1/4" Southwest Petrified Wood Arrowhead
by Homestead Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
111 Pound Petrified Wood Specimen
Oct 23, 9:00 AM EDT
111 Pound Petrified Wood Specimen
by Brunk Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids
PETRIFIED WOOD SLAB ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Oct 21, 1:00 PM CDT
PETRIFIED WOOD SLAB ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$200 Bids
PETRIFIED WOOD SLAB ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Oct 21, 1:00 PM CDT
PETRIFIED WOOD SLAB ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
PETRIFIED WOOD HEART ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Oct 21, 1:00 PM CDT
PETRIFIED WOOD HEART ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$80 Bids
Petrified wood specimen ancient
Nov 17, 6:00 PM EST
Petrified wood specimen ancient
by Captain Ahab's Antiques
Est: $35- $75
$250 Bids
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Fossil petrified mammoth molar tooth, 14.4 cm
Oct 24, 10:00 AM EDT
Fossil petrified mammoth molar tooth, 14.4 cm
by Eternity Gallery
Est: $1,000- $3,000
$4000 Bids
PETRIFIED PALM WOOD SLAB ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Oct 23, 1:00 PM CDT
PETRIFIED PALM WOOD SLAB ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$60 Bids
PETRIFIED WOOD SLAB ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Oct 23, 1:00 PM CDT
PETRIFIED WOOD SLAB ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$200 Bids
Mushroom Specimens, 6. pcs.
Nov 07, 12:00 PM EDT
Mushroom Specimens, 6. pcs.
by Showplace
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
Group of fossilized items
Oct 27, 9:00 AM EDT
Group of fossilized items
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $80- $120
$400 Bids
PETRIFIED WOOD SLAB ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Oct 23, 1:00 PM CDT
PETRIFIED WOOD SLAB ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$100 Bids
PETRIFIED PALM WOOD SLAB ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Oct 23, 1:00 PM CDT
PETRIFIED PALM WOOD SLAB ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
Petrified wood skull lifesize
Nov 17, 6:00 PM EST
Petrified wood skull lifesize
by Captain Ahab's Antiques
Est: $100- $225
$900 Bids
Diminutive Petrified Wood Box
Nov 21, 12:00 PM EST
Diminutive Petrified Wood Box
by Showplace
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
2 1/4" Southwest Petrified Wood Arrowhead
Oct 23, 1:00 PM EDT
2 1/4" Southwest Petrified Wood Arrowhead
by Homestead Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
PETRIFIED WOOD SLAB ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Oct 24, 1:00 PM CDT
PETRIFIED WOOD SLAB ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$200 Bids
PETRIFIED WOOD SLAB ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Oct 24, 1:00 PM CDT
PETRIFIED WOOD SLAB ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$200 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Plant & Petrified Wood Fossils


Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Easterly Auction Company

Easterly Auction Company

Captain Ahab's Antiques

Captain Ahab's Antiques

Homestead Auctions

Homestead Auctions