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Jun 20, 2013 12:00 AM

Could this be a fossilised claw?

I found this fossil whilst browsing the shore at walton on the naze. It looks alot like a claw of some kind. I'm wondering if anyone can confirm this and if it is indeed a fossil then would anyone know what animal it came from and how old it is. Thanks.

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    Jun 20, 2013 6:34 AM (in response to James170196)
    Re: Could this be a fossilised claw?

    James,

     

    Interesting.

    Good photo (small file size but good detail and lighting).

     

    Does it seem heavy for its size?

    I know it is showing only hints of rust, but its shape suggests a well-corroded old eye-nail (the eye having completely cloed-up). Victorians and earlier used eye-nails for supports for vine wires in walled gardens.

     

    Just a thought.

     

    Mike

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        Jun 21, 2013 8:44 PM (in response to James170196)
        Re: Could this be a fossilised claw?

        James,

         

        If you can find a compass, set it down on a table and see if its needle is affected by moving your specimen close by it. That'll be more sensitive than your feeling. If there is a reaction, chances are there is some iron (as opposed to iron oxide or other non-magnetic matter) in your specimen, adding support to my eye-nail hypothesis.

         

        Since you found it on the coast, it could also be a item related to boats or fishing.

         

        You could saw through it. You might find some iron in the centre.

         

        You could also take it to a local museum, to see what they say. Don't mention the nail idea unless they say they haven't a clue - in which case ask them if they think it a possibility, and ask them if they have any old nails in their collection that you could compare it with.

         

        Mike

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