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Jun 9, 2013 5:59 PM

Fossilised Animal part?

Another find from Hornsea south beach which looks like some sort of Dino skin, but i'm just guessing at that .

Length 100mm width 70mm depth 30mm.

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    Jun 13, 2013 9:25 PM (in response to Ash)
    Re: Fossilised Animal part?

    Hi Ash

    It looks like bivalve shell to me.




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    Jun 14, 2013 12:00 PM (in response to Ash)
    Re: Fossilised Animal part?

    Hi Ash,

    Sorry to disappoint you but skin of any kind is rarely preserved.


    I cannot tell what this is from the photograph. I think this would be difficult to determine even handling the specimen, however, if you would like to bring the specimen in or post it in, I would be happy to take a closer look. If I cannot come up with a satisfactory answer, I would be happy take it to other Palaeo. colleagues in the NHM to discuss and return it to you with their thoughts.

    Best wishes,


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        Jun 16, 2013 8:29 PM (in response to Ash)
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        That's a very useful photo; good detail.


        I wondered if we might be looking at one side of a vein (flat-on, if you like), the granular texture being that of the crystals forming the vein. But I don't feel confident in that idea; the texture is too regular, and for the granules to be separated like that it would require the vein to be composed of two minerals one of which has been dissolved. There is the larger-scale rippling, too. No - the vein idea doesn't stack up. I'm just airing it to rule it out.


        I also think it is not a bryozoan or algal mat.


        So - I don't know what it is, but I'm convinced you should take Fiona's advice and send it in to get one of the palaeontologists and/or mineralogists to take a close look.




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