Magnolia Leaves in Tufa, from Italy

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Calcified Magnolia leaves in Tufa, from Tuscany, Italy.

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Magnolia Leaves in Tufa, from Italy

An extremely interesting specimen – this could be considered a ‘modern fossil’.

These pieces date from the Holocene, otherwise known as the current geological era – less than 11,650 years old. Tufa is a type of Limestone which is formed when minerals precipitate out of water – usually water rich with Calcite.

These pieces come from Tivoli, in the Tuscany region of Italy. Each specimen has at least one Magnolia leaf, and usually a lot of associated detritus – leaf imprints, twigs, and other inclusions – very interesting under magnification.

Layers of calcification have built up over time, preserving the leaves in reasonable detail.

  • #1 – 70-75MM approximately. Decent leaf, with a lot of other detritus.
  • #2 – 75-80MM approximately. Impressions of several leaves and twigs, and one very well defined stick.
  • #3 – 65-70MM approximately. Several leaves, and a nice hollow twig running all the way through the piece.

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