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Oct 30, 2013 3:21 PM

Ossett fossil pine cone?

I found this in Ossett, West Yorkshire, UK and it is carboniferous in age.  Is it a fossil pine cone?

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    Oct 30, 2013 4:54 PM (in response to Dan)
    Re: Ossett fossil pine cone?

    Could be Lepidodendron, but the Carboniferous is not my area of expertise so I am not 100% certain.

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        Oct 30, 2013 7:54 PM (in response to Dan)
        Re: Ossett fossil pine cone?

        Shame it isn't a bigger piece.

        I'd say it could be either Lepidodendron or conifer cone.

        But I favour conifer cone, because of the geometry.  ...Though in a way that I can't really explain!

        I can't say which genus of conifer.

         

        Mike

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            Oct 30, 2013 8:30 PM (in response to Dan)
            Re: Ossett fossil pine cone?

            Dan,

             

            Thanks for the further photo.

             

            It doesn't help me much, but it leads me to point out that sometimes what you find is not the thing itself but a cast. With the real thing, there could be internal structure - which might help with ID. With a cast, there would be no relevant internal structure - the original having been replaced with mineral and/or sediment.

            Your photo gives me the impression of a cast, hence our not seeing much inside.

             

            Note also my use of 'conifer'.

            Pine is not the only possibility. Araucaria cones can look similar.

             

            Mike

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      Oct 30, 2013 11:05 PM (in response to UK Fossil Guy)
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      Nice find Dan!

       

      Tabfish

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