fossil wood specimens: Nevada
museum quality specimens for the collector
fossil wood specimens: Nevada

FJD NEV wood 19. Museum specimen from my collection. Virgin Valley, Nevada. This is an extremely unusual specimen. It is 100% natural, no cutting and no polishing, no glue – no filler, just wood that has fossilized into opal. The opalescent colors shimmer and spark fire as you turn it in your hand. Virgin Valley has produced some amazing opal wood over the years, but this one is special – most the other Virgin Valley limb sections of this size that I have seen have been kept in water -if they dry out they crack like crazy, but this one is fracture free and was found dry just like this. This is one of the very rare naturally occurring stable fossil wood sections from Virgin Valley. I have had it for a decade and never put it in water. It is beautiful. Hard to believe. It appears in Ancient Forests on page 245. 52 mm long; 75 by 67 mm mirror-polished face; six ounces.  SOLD


FJD NEV wood 18. Museum specimen from my collection. Little Humboldt River area. This is one of my favorite Nevada specimens. It has what I look for in a fossil wood specimen – a polished face that reveals a world of beauty and an interesting exterior and overall shape that gives you a sense of what this is.  It even has cell structures that tell us this was a ring porous hardwood. It’s cut and polished on one end and the other is natural. It appears in Ancient Forests on page 245. 12 cm long; 46 by 51 mm thick/wide; two pounds.  $600

FJD NEV wood 20. Museum specimen from my collection. Texas Springs branching limb cast. Lovely light pink and solid.  It’s cut and polished on the ends of the main limb and a branch and the remainder is natural. It appears twice in Ancient Forests on pages 243 and 244. 68 mm long; 48 by 26 mm and 30 by 19 mirror-polished faces; nine ounces.  $125 SOLD

FJD NEV wood 21. Museum specimen from my collection. Texas Springs long thin branch. I have always thought of this as a magic wand. It is without a fracture and is an attractive gem grade pink with a pleasing exterior. It’s cut and polished on one end the remainder is natural. 132 mm long; 27 by 19 mirror-polished face; six ounces.  $100 SOLD

FJD NEV wood 22. Museum specimen from my collection. Little Humboldt River area. Rare and interesting root ball with polished main trunk. It’s cut and polished on one end and the rest is natural. This is a fantastic natural sculpture. 77 mm tall; 24 by 16 mm mirror-polished face; twelve ounces.  $200

FJD NEV wood 23. Museum specimen from my collection. Little Humboldt River area. This is one of the rare specimens from this locality that proves that this is not a limb cast but is rather petrified wood that is amazingly well silicified. Attractive polished face with cell structures and a statuesque trunk form. This is in Petrified Wood on page 82.  It’s cut and polished on one end and the other end is cut and not polished. 77 mm tall; 50 by 38 mm mirror-polished face; one pound.  $150

NEV 165. Museum Specimen from Hubbard Basin, Nevada. Rare large full round slice of a famous rare beautifully colored and finely patterned gemmy silicified fossil wood, Tertiary in age. Look at the picture. Very top condition and an eye-catching presentation that accentuates the full round nature of this specimen and the tight growth rings of finely preserved cell structure— establishing an old age to this fine tree of about fifty years— in an unusually esthetically pleasing balance, range of colors, and diversity and yet complementary nature of the patterning. Absolutely a fine specimen for the Smithsonian to have on display.   23 cm by 31 cm mirror-polished face; 17 mm thick; four pounds and thirteen ounces.  $550

NEV 167. Museum Specimen from Hubbard Basin, Nevada. Rare large, incredibly well preserved of the finest silica in an exciting range of color—ivory, robin’s egg blue, pink, salmon, gold—laid out like an artist had designed the panorama. A specimen round slice of a famous rare beautifully colored and finely patterned gemmy silicified fossil wood, Tertiary in age. Look at the picture. Very top condition. I love the way the colorful attractive pattern of growth rings at the center anchor the fossil nature of the specimen, whereas most of the specimen looks like fine agate. This one has a very cool agate inclusion. Another fine specimen for the American Museum of Natural History to have on display.   36 cm by 16 cm mirror-polished face; 12 mm thick; three pounds and four ounces.  $450

NEV 162. Texas Springs Museum Specimen. Texas Springs, also sometimes called Jackpot, Nevada, is a famous site for pink limb casts. This is a lovely full round limb section with dark to light pink interior. One end is natural and the other polished with a slight dome. Beautifully translucent. 8 by 4 cm mirror-polished face; 7 cm long; one pound.  $55

NEV 163. Texas Springs Museum Specimen. Texas Springs, also sometimes called Jackpot, Nevada, is a famous site for pink limb casts. This is a super solid and glassy full round limb section with a deeply translucent pink interior. One end is natural and the other polished with a slight dome. 6 by 5 cm mirror-polished face; 6 cm long; twelve ounces.  $65

 

NEV 149. Museum specimen. Little Humboldt River, Nevada. This is the source of classic limbs that appear to be casts but are actually wood that has gone over to agate. It was thought for years that they were casts, but some exhibit areas of distinct yet ghostly wood structure. This is a solid limb end, all natural on one end and attractive all around with a luscious interior of agate and clear evidence of growth ring structure. 8 cm long; 2.5 by 5 cm mirror-polished end; eight ounces.  $60


This is me in 2004 or so with Emily, who was then the tallest Joshua tree in the world.

FJD NEV wood 10. Museum specimen from my collection. The Holy Grail of fossil wood — Joshua Tree Protoyucca shadishii, named after the now sadly departed Dr. Wm Shadish, a saintly man from Redding, California, who was the first one to take the newly discovered material to an expert to be identified. A paper was produced by Dr. Tidwell of BYU and others naming the newly discovered form genus Protoyucca shadishii. Miocene/Pliocene. It appears to have affinities to the Joshua tree of the Yucca family. This is a superior example of fossil Joshua as found in its native habitat, uncut by man, all natural. It is densely and well silicified, likely gemmy with some color inside. It has an unusual shape. I cannot tell what part of the plant it was. It almost looks like a frond. It has a somewhat rounded flat end that shows blue chalcedony that I have pondered cutting and polishing, but I always s vote to keep it as is. 143 mm long by about 82 by 58 mm.  $800

FJD NEV wood 12. Museum specimen from my collection. Washoe County, Nevada. Tertiary full round limb with associated limbs. This is quite unusual. You can easily see the main limb section – what makes it extra special is the jumble of limbs that is connected to it. This appears to have been a mass of limbs that fossilized together. One possible scenario is that the limbs came together in a volcanic eruption or associated mud flow and were buried together prior to petrification. Nice even growth rings with excellent ring porous hardwood cell structure and borer holes filled with agate. 84 mm long; 25 by 25 mm mirror- polished face for the round; nine ounces.  $70

FJD NEV wood 15. Museum specimen from my collection. Washoe County, Nevada. Tertiary specimen round log section. Excellent diffuse porous hardwood cell structure. This is a really interesting specimen and a great example of why specimen rounds can be part of a great collection. By examining the uncut end we can easily see that this was a large log at some point in its past – six inches or more in diameter. Surface erosion over thousands of years reduced the size considerably. The interior is glassy with beautiful colors and patterns. 84 mm long; 82 by 45 mm mirror- polished domed face; one pound and two ounces.  $100

NEV 160. Rare Hubbard Basin Museum Specimen – Extra Blue.  I recently acquired a few specimens that were collected at least a half century ago. I got them from a friend who has had them for forty years and he got them from an old-timer who had them for a long time as well. They are full round limb sections from Hubbard Basin, a hardwood species like spruce, and if you know anything about Hubbard Basin you know that small limb sections are extremely rare. This one has the classic, beautiful Hubbard Basin colors with red, blue and gold and is glassy and solid.  Polished on one end with the other end left natural. A rare find. 11.5 cm long; 12 by 5 cm mirror- polished mildly domed face; two pounds and fourteen ounces.  $550

NEV 161. Rare Hubbard Basin Museum Specimen. I recently acquired a few specimens that were collected at least a half century ago. I got them from a friend who has had them for forty years and he got them from an old-timer who had them for a long time as well. They are full round limb sections from Hubbard Basin, a hardwood species like spruce, and if you know anything about Hubbard Basin you know that small limb sections are extremely rare. This one is a bit more gold than most and displays beautifully the classic array of Hubbard Basin blue, red, and gold and has a few extra translucent agatey blue sections. It also has a lovely knot.  Polished on one end with the other end left natural. A rare find. 8 cm tall; 7 by 8 cm mirror- polished mildly domed face; two pounds and two ounces.  $275

NEV 169. Museum Specimen from near Gabbs, Nevada. Rare large full round log from a little known location that was collected out many years back. This is from a very old collection and was gathered at least 40 years ago. It is a ring porous hardwood, Tertiary in age. It has opalized mineralization. Great colors on the polished face. It has a partial set of growth rings on one edge of the face, about half including the pith, indicating this was where a branch forked off. Rare, interesting, and beautiful. 15 cm by 10 cm domed mirror-polished face; 32 cm long; ten pounds and two ounces.  SOLD