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Nov 8, 2012 1:39 PM

What is this fossil?

About two and a quarter inches of this fossil is sticking out from a rock beside Portland Harbour in Dorset. The bit which looks like little legs is about half an inch long and about a quarter of an inch high. The rest is a thin band and more shell-like. Partt of that longer bit part has tiny holes in a row.

 

I realise this isn't an entirely adequate picture but the light was poor, the rock bendy and I didn't, when I took it, know I could upload it here for ID. Another time, I'll include something to show the measure. Meanwhile . . . anyone know what it is?

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    Nov 9, 2012 6:40 PM (in response to Lucy Corrander)
    Re: What is this fossil?

    Hi Lucy,

    This looks very much like bits of crushed/broken bivalve (shellfish like cockles oysters mussels & scallops ).

    Definitely no legs! but #the bit with the "tiny holes in a row" is most likely part of the hinge mechanism of sockets & teeth that guides the opening & closing of the two shell halves.

     

    Cheers

    Keith

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