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.
Currently, we only have a single piece in stock, measuring 70-75MM long approximately.
For more information on these fossils, see our ‘plant and fern fossils’ category.