Hi there. My son and I collected this piece of flint whilst out on a walk one day in our village in North Hampshire. The intention was for him to practise his flint knapping, but first strike through the flint revealed this fossil. Is anyone able to identify it for us? It appears to be soft bodied, possibly a worm. There is a definite eye and also what appears to be a gut / intestinal tract. Similar other forms also appear elsewhere in the flint but don't wish to break into it any further. Any ideas gratefully received. Thanks
Well, I'm guessing that a few of us have looked at your specimen now...
I shall take the plunge and say it is banded flint. I know it looks like there is a canal (darker stripe) towards the middle of the banded part, suggestive of something like a crinoid. But I think that's just a fluke. It is not in the centre, and I suspect that if cut at right-angles, it would not be circular in shape.
Banded flints come in all sorts of weird forms; this and orion2001's are just others in that spectrum.
Thanks for your time. Nature's great at tricking us isn't it? I was convinced it was organic simply on shape and the dark areas running through it. I won't be making it into a piece of jewellery just yet though .
Thanks again for your help