Excellent Pine Cone Fossil.
This 1 3/4 inch Pine Cone is from the Eocene.
This is an exceptional Pine Cone Fossil also known as seed cone. Because these are found in large numbers it is believed the ancient Moroccan landscape was a coniferous jungle.
The individual indentations are what held the individual seeds. These Eocene-aged fossils found in the Sahara Desert West of Boujdour, Morocco . This Moroccan Pine Cone is from conifer or pine trees. Conifers were one of the trees that first populated the earth before other trees. Because the seeds were so light they drifted a bit in the wind spreading trees far and wide. The individual cone produced many seeds. Cones like this are still found on certain species of pine trees today. The Pine Cone Fossil came from trees that would produce cones every year and because of that the trees could soon populate large areas. The cones also produced food for other animals much as they do today. The cones are preserved with silica and are considered agatized, but the do not polish well. On many of the cones that are found there is evidence of insect damage.
This Pine Cone Fossil comes in this glass-topped leatherette display case. The case is 4 1/2 inches by 5 1/2 inches. The case is designed to protect the fossil inside from damage.