Glossopteris communis and Dadoxylon – Permian – Antarctica

November 4, 2008

Glossopteris communis and Dadoxylon




Specimen 1




GLOSSOPTERIS fern and Glossopteris WOOD combo sale RARE

Item number: 250312611219

Seller: bonesfossils (ebay)

Buyer: NONE

price: US $675.00 

End: Oct-21-08 12:43:09 PDT


Glossopteris communis

(fern) and Dadoxylon Wood which comes from the Glossopteris Fern (tree)
Formation:  Terrace Ridge, Ohio Range
Continent/Country:  Antarctica
Age:  Permian (290-250 million years ago)
Sizes:   Glossopteris Leaf Plate – approx 5 inches x 3 1/2 inches (good size)
Dadoxylon (Glossopteris) Wood –
This is the first time ever that someone has sold a Glossopteris Leaf Plate with a Piece of the Petrified Wood and this one is from Antarctica..making it so much rarer.  Get this combo before its too late, it will not be offered again!  Happy Bidding.

 TURNS OUT THAT DADOXYLON WOOD IS THE SCIENTIFIC NAME FOR THE WOOD THAT COMES FROM THE GLOSSOPTERIS TREE!!!!!  I added an illustration to show the parts of the Glossopteris “tree”.

Both the front and the back of this piece is covered with Glossopteris leaves!!!!
There is even a label on one side of the Glossopteris Leaf plate with an exact species, very cool!
This came from an old collection.  It is now illegal to collect fossils in Antarctica (not that it matters anyways since it would cost over ten thousand in supplies, helicopter and freight fees just to collect these fossils).  You will never see anything like this again.
During the Permian period the continental plates had merged to form a supercontinent by the name of Pangea.  The southern portion of this supercontinent was covered with a woody seed-plants (tree-like) known as Glossopteris.  These permian ferns can be found in the fossil record in South America, Mexico, India, Madagascar, South Africa, Australia (where 99.99% of the ones on the market are from) and Antarctica.  These plants were a main supporting evidence in German Scientist, Alfred Wegener’s Theory of Continental Drift.

I have included some drawings of continental drift, an illustration of a Glossopteris Leaf and an illustration of the entire Glossopteris Plant.