Good morning experts on fossils and natural history enthusiasts.
I have an interesting rock that appears to be a fossil of a petrified tree; at least that was written on a tag when I purchased it in a fossil store.
Inside of this rock I've noticed an interesting formation that resembles a shape of a fossilized worm, almost like a ring worm. Could you please let me know if that actually might be a fossil of a prehistoric worm or this idea is a product of my imagination
Thank you very much.
The chance that it is a fossilised worm is very slim as in the vast majority of cases only the hard parts of animals (bones, teeth, shells etc.) are preserved and only in very specific conditions where there is very fine sediment and relatively quick and undisturbed burial of organisms are soft parts ever fossilised. Sorry about that, the petrified wood is lovely though!
Could it be a mineral caused by the Petrifaction proccess.
It does look a bit strange...
My best guess is that the cavity in the rock was also a cavity in the tree, which might have been open to the air for a while, and which might have had debris such as sticks and leaves collect in it (as happens with modern trees). So the object could be a fossilized twig.
Since we're on the subject, here's a nice page of petrified logs I stumbled across. I have a feeling our fossil collector friends that hang out on NaturePlus would be over the moon if they found specimens like these!
Good answer mike.
A sliver of wood that has changed to stone?