Texas Petrified Wood Slab: Palmoxylon
Age: Oligocene approximately 32 million years old
Petrified palmwood is from a group of fossil wood that contains rod-like structures within the regular grain of the silicified wood. These rod-like structures are sclerenchyma bundles that make up the woody tissues of the tree that gave the wood it’s vertical strength.
Petrified wood is a fossil in which the organic remains have been
replaced by minerals in the slow process of being replaced with
stone. The end result is petrified wood, a plant.
This piece of petrified palmwood is from the Catahoula Formation of Texas. It measures 5.5” x 5”.
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