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PSEUDO FOSSILS? WHAT DOES THAT MEAN AND WHAT ARE THEY?

Pseudo fossils are very interesting things, as they appear to be something which they are not. Some of them are very good at pretending. For instance here are four PSEUDO FOSSILS from Solnhofen Germany. Do you know what they are? What do they look like? Plant fossils? Fern fossils? Some sea creature? An insect's antennae?


GIVE UP YET?

They are Manganese Dendrites from Solnhofen, Germany. The Manganese flows into cracks in the matrix leaving the dark stain which looks like ferns or plant fossils. Nice effect, but not fossils.


Some rocks look like a bone or some other part of a living thing. However, it takes time and study to be able to tell what is and what is not actually a fossil. If a piece of rock appears to be fossil wood or bone, a rockhound experienced in that area or a Paleontologist, will look at the piece with a high power magnifying glass and observe whether the piece has the necessary pores to indicate the flow of nutrients through either wood or animal bone. Without those pores, the piece is one of two things: is is not fossil wood or bone (or modern wood of bone for that matter) OR you cannot tell whether it is fossil bone or wood, because {a} it is so weathered out that you cannot tell; OR {b} minerals which have replaced the wood or bone has so completely filled in that the pores cannot be distinguished within the fossil. Sometimes other minerals, just like the Manganese Dendrites above, will leave a residue which appears to have been something alive, which in fact it is not. There are many examples of "Pseudo Fossils" and we will attempt to put some more on this page for your observation as time goes on.

This page is under construction. Please bear with us as we add other Pseudo Fossils for you to view. Thank you.