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Coal Find

by Tim
(Hong Kong)

Found in Qingdao, Shandong Province, China, in a coal heap. Only some fragments preserved of coal, and the fossil is a light yellow-green.

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Coal Fossil
by: Doug

Hi Tim,

I can't tell what fossil is there, not enough of it is showing. In the second picture the fossil is covered by the coal. You can see that it sits on a flat part. Coal often is layered. In your specimen the layer with the fossil is partially exposed. If you are feeling adventurous get a knife or chisel and see if you can remove the covering layer to expose more of your fossil.

A word of caution: You could damage what you have.

Coal is created by ferns and primitive trees. Fern fossils are pretty common in some types of coal. You can see some examples here:

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