DescriptionSPLIT FOSSIL PINE CONE
The Araucaria species is one of the oldest tree-types still on this Earth, and one of the mightiest. The A. mirabilis is an ancestor of the modern monkey-puzzle tree and the Norfolk pine; they are coniferous evergreens, abundant across the Americas in the Jurassic period. The tallest recorded fossil specimen is 500 feet, high enough even to escape the long necks of the giant sauropod dinosaurs that leisurely grazed these pine forests, stripping the bark from the smaller branches and feasting on the cones with their nutrient-rich seeds. This single cone, split and polished, stands as an object of great aesthetic beauty in its own right. Beneath the heavily textured scales of the cone's casing the striking patterns of the seeds in the cross-cut and polished face sections are colored in a lovely soft pattern of cream, pale gray-brown and orangey salmon, highlighted with dramatic patches of deep brown and black and some hints of a strong dark red color. Each half measures 3 1/8 inches in length.
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