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Jun 6, 2010 7:07 PM

Found this in my garden

Can anyone help with identification of this object.

It looks like a claw or tooth.My wife seems to thinks its a rock but its shape is to funny to be formed by nature.

Hope you can help.

 

Cheers

Hein

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    Jun 7, 2010 4:04 PM (in response to wiredwrong)
    Re: Found this in my garden
    This looks like a flint nodule (which would make your wife right I'm afraid!). Flints are the commonest hard stones in the south and east of England. They have all come out of the soft limestone formation of the Upper Chalk. The Chalk was formed in a sea which covered most of Northern and Central Europe and Britain during the Late Cretaceous, and flint is 85 to 65 million years ago. This is probably a trace fossil, as tooth-shaped and other odd shaped flint nodules are thought to have formed when the silica gel from the breakdown of siliceous sponges flows into burrows left by animals such as crustaceans and worms on the sea bed and later hardens into flint.
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