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.
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.
Thanks for the reply, Yes it does seem a bit heavy.
It could be what you said but im not too sure... It doesnt seem to be that magnetic I could sense a very slight magnetic pull at the part at the top but its very faint.
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.