|Name||Arancaria Pine Cone|
|Scientific Name||Araucaria mirabilis|
|Origion||Cerro Cuadrado, Patagonia, Argentina|
Compare to pine cone, it have a single seed in the cone scale rather than a pair. Its closest relative today are the Monkey Puzzle Tree of South American and the Norfolk Island pine.
Araucaria mirabilis fossil
Now the excavation and exportation of Araucaria mirabilis fossil are strictly forbidden by Argentina law. Only a handful of pine cones that were exported outside the country can be seen in the market nowadays. For the private collectors, it is important to verify the origin of the pine cone before purchasing.
The specimen is about 3 inches long and weight about 0.17 lb; it is a rather large size pine cone. The specimen has been cut in half and polished to display its intricate internal structure. The features are beautifully well preserved and individual sees can be seen and a few pieces of them can even be carefully extracted from their scales. The piece is purchased from a retired science teacher who purchased it long before the Argentina law that prohibits the exporting of these treasures fossils.