I now have clearer, close ups of the item I asked about, found at Sandown Bay, Isle of Wight.
My son took 18 photos, choosing the most helpful 5 was tough. (15 cms long, 8.5 cms wide at the base, just under 5 cms thick at the base)
Thank you for any further consideration, or clarification.
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Good photos, helpful; thanks.
However, I find it a bit of a conundrum.
There are hints of septarian nodule, but there is too much else going on as well.
A cut and polished cross section would help further, but I suspect it may need examination in a lab to properly ID it. Perhaps bring or send it in to the NHM.
However, I stand to be corrected if anybody else pipes up with an ID.
As usual, a local museum may also be worth consulting.
Hi fossilfinderIOW - thank you for the clear location and good images. This is very difficult and I am not at all sure, but what do you think? Could it be some sort of shrimp? Shrimps preserved in nodules are sometimes black (brown or even white!)
Would like to see it if you are ever in London?
All the best,
Hello Fiona, Mike and fossilfinderIOW
I think it is fossil wood because at the base it looks to have the shape of distorted tree trunk with riser tubes? More or less in the middle,
These tubes come out of the side of the specimen and can be seen filled with a mineral/quarts infill.
Tabfish, I see what you mean. Good eyes!
fossilfinderIOW - A cut and polished/wet/varnished section would be very useful - looking for wood structure.
Thank you Fiona and Mike
I have some specimens from the same area full of 'wood worms'
Thank you all for your comments. I will try to get up to London with it after the school holidays are over.
I don't really have any idea what it might be, I picked it up initially because of its shape, size and solidity amongst a lot of dried,flakey clay material.