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.