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