Is Whitby Jet Monkey Puzzle Tree?

The simple answer is NO, Whitby jet is NOT monkey puzzle wood. Often Whitby Jet is quoted as being formed from trees similar to the Monkey Puzzle tree, Araucaria araucana, this, however, is simply untrue and has arisen from a confusion in the taxonomy of paleobotanical specimens in Victorian times. Although the¬†Araucariaceae¬†family achieved its maximum… Read more »

What is Whitby Jet?

What is Jet? A simple enough question with a rather complicated answer! When I began researching Whitby Jet some 20+ years ago I discovered rather quickly that the term ‘jet’ means quite a different thing to different groups of people. If I ask geologists, they will say that it is an unusual fossilisation of wood…. Read more »

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