Argentina, page 2

FJD ARG 39. Museum specimen cone and wood set. Three excellent Jurassic specimens from Cerro Cuadrado, Patagonia, Argentina (that I’ve had stashed away for a quarter century). Jurassic cones of Araucaria and pararaucaria and a bit of wood. High grade specimens in excellent condition. No glues or fillers. The Araucaria cone comprises about 40% of a whole cone and includes the stem attachment. This baby has obviously been wandering around the windswept deserts of Santa Cruz for millennia, developing abundant character along the way. It tells a story that’s 150 million years old. Super hard and solid. (48 mm long, 49 mm wide, and 33 mm thick – 3.4 ounces.) The wood is a gemmy, colorful example – all natural but for one cut and polished end, remarkably preserved – It is a dug-out specimen that appears to have a cone attachment. Super nice wood with top cellular preservation, patterns, and colors, and please note that it’s tiny (23 by 29 mm polished face – 13 mm thick – ½ ounce). The pararaucaria cone is surface-collected and patinaed reddish tan – attractive and complete (38 mm long – 0.2 oz). $250

FJD ARG 32. Museum specimen. Patagonia, Argentina. Cerro Cuadrado, Jurassic unidentified. Rare full round skinny stick section. Complete branch section, as found on the exterior and cut and polished on one end. Salmon-pink-ish patina. Mysterious cells and whatnot revealed on polished face. Probable fungi. No filler – No glue. 15 by 25 mirror-polished face; 8 cm long; two ounces. $100

FJD ARG egg. Museum specimen – dinosaur egg. Patagonia, Argentina. Cretaceous. I got this decades ago from an Argentine dealer. It’s a section of a large dinosaur egg. It is very hard agate with a blue hue. The outer shell portion measures about 6 by 6 cm; it’s 57 mm thick; weight is eight ounces. Super cool. $125 RESERVED

FJD ARG 40. Museum specimen cone set. Three Jurassic specimens from Cerro Cuadrado, Patagonia, Argentina (that I’ve had stashed away for a quarter century). Jurassic cones of Araucaria and pararaucaria. High grade specimens in excellent condition. No glues or fillers. The Araucaria cone comprises about 80% of a whole cone and includes the stem attachment and apex. Ancient erosion affords a natural glimpse of the gemmy seeds within as well as an appreciation of Nature’s awesome geometry. Wind-polished ivory exterior is flawless, smooth to the touch, and compelling. (58 mm long by 48 mm wide and 29 mm thick – 3.3 ounces.) Both pararaucaria cones are surface-collected and patinaed reddish tan – both are complete (or just about as the larger one shows a minute ancient chip). (28 mm and 38 mm long – 0.4 oz between them.) $340 RESERVED

FJD ARG 44. Museum specimen. Patagonia, Rio Negro, Argentina. Cretaceous cycadeoid. Excellent small specimen of the diamond patterned armor of a cycadeoid – one side is the au natural wind-polished side with a tight pattern of diamond frond bases. Nice cell preservation. No glue – No filler. Three ounces; up to 18 mm thick with a mirror-polished face measuring 5.5 by 5 cm. $70

FJD ARG 45. Museum specimen cone and wood set. Three excellent Jurassic specimens from Cerro Cuadrado, Patagonia, Argentina (that I’ve had stashed away for a quarter century). Jurassic cones of Araucaria and pararaucaria and a bit of wood. High grade specimens in excellent condition. No glues or fillers. The Araucaria cone comprises about 65% of a whole cone and includes a nice stem. A character-laden surface-collected natural sculpture with a deep patina.  Super hard and solid. (62 mm long, 55 mm wide, and 40 mm thick – 5.6 ounces.) The wood is a gemmy, colorful example – all natural but for one cut and polished end, remarkably preserved – It is a dug-out specimen. Super nice wood with top cellular preservation, patterns, and colors, and please note that it’s tiny (23 by 29 mm polished face – 12 mm thick – ½ ounce). The pararaucaria cone is surface-collected and patinaed reddish tan – attractive and complete (40 mm long – 0.4 oz).    $300