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Sep 2, 2012 2:01 AM

Tooth? Claw? Or just coincidentally shaped stone?

Hi there,

 

I found this whilst digging in my garden in Cheshunt today (near Waltham Abbey). Please see attached pic.

 

As an absolute amateur i would say that superficially it looks profoundly like what i would imagine to be some kind of carniverous tooth or maybe a claw.

 

There is a flint like quality to the object - the cross section of it has a glazed effect.

 

Have i discovered something exciting? And if so, what do you think it is?

 

Alternatively, have i simply discovered the most tooth-shaped stone i or anyone else has ever seen?

 

Thanks for your time,

 

Lee

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    Sep 2, 2012 8:04 PM (in response to Lee)
    Re: Tooth? Claw? Or just coincidentally shaped stone?

    Fossil teeth usually show enamel, unless they have been rolling around in a river between pebbles that act like sandpaper and eat away the enamel.

     

    Also digested teeth seem to lose their enamel layer, I read shark teeth undergo such processing sometimes, shark teeth look different.

     

    The claws I have seen all show some pattern of stripes from top to bottom. Perhaps a crab-claw?

     

    My guess is you discovered the most crocodile-tooth-shaped stone in the entire Universe, which is not a simple task to accomplish...

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      Sep 23, 2012 8:17 PM (in response to Gijs)
      Re: Tooth? Claw? Or just coincidentally shaped stone?

      ye this could be flint but......

       

      bone or teeth have a charcteristic lots of small fine holes like honey coombe or fossil wood the tooth enamel maybeen worn off It could be more recent glacial bear/tiger/ wolf /jackel ?

       

      • if it has any glass like shiny bits  or
      • conchodial fracture (i cant spell) that shell like patteren whe glass breaks
      • can make sparks
      • turn off the lights and rub it against a peice of flint =if theres glowing sparks ....

       

      its flint

       

      also i guess it could  be burrow or coral preserved in flint

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      • I go with the post above mine.

        A flint will ganerally light- try it

         

        If you confirm that its not a flint then you may have descovered something interesting!!!

         

        I ould suggest you to Judge the sample  by its weight

         

        a shsped stone>a flint>a digested teeth( by weight)

         

         

        I suggest that it is something organic as the shap curve and its tapering descend is unsual as a result of under ground erosion

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    Nov 4, 2012 12:12 PM (in response to Lee)
    Re: Tooth? Claw? Or just coincidentally shaped stone?

    Most definitely a flint

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