Yes it would be very rare to find soft tissue that has lasted so long but i really do beieve that i have found some or at least an eye. When looking through a microscope at work you can see the depth it is only about the thickness of 5p but it looks more like 2inches deeep and in 3D too,many eye speicalists at work conferm and say it has a irus and other bits that would make up an eye.bevalves have no depth under the microscope.
many thanks .
It looks like a piece of flint. You can often find fossils in flint, such as the sea urchins that you find on the coast in the South-East of England. Pieces of flint are often mistaken for fossils because of their strange shapes and the patterns they sometimes contain, but this is not a fossil eye, I'm afraid. As the other poster mentioned, fossils of soft body parts are very seldom preserved, and on the rare occasions when they are, it is in fine-grained sedimentary rocks such as limestones. Even in these circumstances, preservation at the level of detail that you are suggesting is unheard of. Furthermore, flint forms in soft deposits on the sea floor, so it can only preserve the animals that lived in that environment, such as sea urchins, and these animals did not have large, complex eyes.
Good luck with future fossil hunting!
Thanks for taking time to look ,,,i found this at lyme regus last year after a landslide..if it was a bivalve surely it wouldn't look like 3D under a microscope,why would so many eye spiecalist say it's an eye ? i work in a hospital where equipment is availible to use! do u think a mri scan could conferm it.
Think of a complete scallop shell, one side is often very domed and the other very flat, is the best way I can discribe it, This looks like the internal side of the lower side of a bivalve.
I work in a fossil shop in Lyme Regis and have done for nearly twenty years, I see alot of these kind of things,
thank you for ur time on this matter.i see what ur saying and understand it does look like the undernieth of a bivalves but the left side looks rather like an eye.
I work in a hospital with the oppotunities of great eye doctors who all have said it is an eye ,,,how can i finalize this queary as there is nothing on the web thats looks like this.(should i take it somewhere)
Send it to the AMC at the Natural History Museum, one of the team will get it identified properly. They will be able to look at it properly. They are the first port of call.
This has now been investigated and to those interested ,I took it to NHM in london and Mr Florin has looked at it and has sugested it's most probibly a oyster or bivalve and not an eye as first suspected,he has sugested that Dr Ewin take a look at this ,,so the investigation continues.
I'm late to this thread, but if I may comment:
- Modern eye specialists should recognize what may be an eye - in the sense of Einstien's 'No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong'. They are most likely to be wrong when working in a field remote from their sphere of experience, such as the geological past.
- The general structure of bivavle shells has some similarities with that of a compound eye, especially:
- overall roundness in 'plan' view
- curved in cross section
- a prismatic layer, with the prisms arranged normal to the (curved) surface
superficially resembling the prisms in a compound eye.
- An alternative quite likely in the Lyme Regis area is an ammonite aptychus, which can look superficially like a bivalve shell; see - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aptychus.
Thank you for your time in this matter ...i have looked into everything that you have said and i am sure it is not a aptycus ..this is matter that has set over and in a hole there is no outer shell it's set into a caverty and is smooth and flat...I hope to get it to some more eye spiecalists in the near future as know one seems to no what it is...I am hopeful that southampton uni a prof Steven hawking will be able to help with my enquiries , he will be able to at least tell me lf it's a byvvalve or not ...I hope to post some more photos of this .many thanks .