Petrified Wood Slab: Palmoxylon: Texas
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Petrified wood is a fossil in which the organic remains have been replaced by minerals in the slow process of being replaced with stone.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, with its original basic structure in place, replaced by stone.
This piece of petrified Palmwood is from the Catchoula Formation of Texas. It measures 5" x 4.75".
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