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Jun 11, 2013 5:55 PM

is this a fossil?

Found them in an area with a lot of shell fossils . Any ideas ?

 

Here is the place and some photos with close ups

 

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    Jun 11, 2013 12:22 PM (in response to Studio9)
    Re: is this a fossil?

    Hi Studio9,

    Difficult to say from the photograph, it may be a burrow infilling. Where did you find it? What kind of shelly fossils are there? ~Any chance of popping into the museum and bringing it to the Angela Marmont Centre?

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        Jun 11, 2013 9:59 PM (in response to Studio9)
        Re: is this a fossil?

        The shells are bivalves; they look like Pecten or a relative.

        It is not unusual to find fossils scattered in marls and siltstones in Cyprus...

        ...But the specimen in your first photo has me baffled.

        It clearly has some sort of internal structure, but it suggests nothing in particular to me (other than a root void, maybe).


        Whereabouts in Cyprus?

        You can give me as much detail as you like; I'll try to figure out what the rock types are in the area.

        If it happens to be local to me, I may even go and have a look.

         

        Mike

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            Jun 12, 2013 7:47 AM (in response to Studio9)
            Re: is this a fossil?

            Unfortunately, that is not anywhere near where I live.

             

            Re 'Maybe is roots or pieces of wood thar didn´t fossilised' - I think that is definitely a possibility.

             

            For reference, here is a photo of some fossil wood from Cyprus

            https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/p480x480/72688_554808787883491_956173250_n.jpg

             

            That comes from the very interesting display of fossils on George Konstantinou's 'Cyprus Fossils' Facebook page -  https://www.facebook.com/CyprusFossils.

             

            I suggest you show your photos to George (post on his Feacebook page), as a local expert, and see what he says.

            Let us know!

             

            Mike

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                Jun 12, 2013 11:40 AM (in response to Studio9)
                Re: is this a fossil?

                Hi, I agree with Mike, the shell left of centre on the 1.4 gb image belongs to the Pecten family. I think Mike has made a useful suggestion to compare with specimens in Cyprus.

                 

                When observing your specimen and making comparisons with others, there are some particular features to look out for:

                1. General shell shape (whether left and right valves are equal or unequal, the shape of the 'wings', type of ribbing Type of ribbing (wide, narrow, ridge and furrow etc.)
                2. The hinge [we call them 'teeth'].

                 

                 

                These features/characteristics generally correlate to the various life modes (for e.g. free swimming, attached etc.) There are many different classifications for bivalves but in palaeontology classification of bivalves, in paleontology we use one based on shell morphology referring to 'The Treatise on Invertebrate Palaeontology'.

                 

                Good Luck and let us know what you find out!

                All the best,

                Fiona

                 

                 

                Fiona

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