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2759 Views 6 Replies Last post: Feb 3, 2013 2:47 PM by MikeHardman RSS
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Jan 30, 2013 8:17 PM

Is this a fossil?

Found a mother strange thing.

Sorry for the low picture quality. I'm using my phone. 

It's about 2 cm.

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      Jan 30, 2013 11:06 PM (in response to Ivan)
      Re: Is this a fossil?

      In my opinion no

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          Jan 31, 2013 7:23 AM (in response to Ivan)
          Re: Is this a fossil?

          Two possibilities are:

          - bone

          - clay pipe (the smoking type of pipe as opposed to earthenware land drain).

           

          Smoking pipes were (are) made from a variety of natural and/or man-made materials, eg wood and metal. Some of the early manufactued ones were carved from meerschaum - which is a soft white mineral, also called sepiolite. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meerschaum

          They were also made from white clay (fired as in normal pottery-making practice). There's an explanation and some photos here - http://www.devonheritage.org/Places/Kingsteignton/BallClay1.htm

          It looks to me like your specimen is part of the bowl of such a pipe. Maybe you can investigate what looks like a charred hole in it. If that is a hole (leading from the pipe bowl to the tube), and the object is roughly eyeball-sized, that's the answer.

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              Feb 3, 2013 2:47 PM (in response to Ivan)
              Re: Is this a fossil?

              Jolly good, that's sorted, then

               

              Ivan, please could you start a new thread for your other question.

               

              My pleasure to help; keeps me ol' grey matter ticking over.

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