Is this nut fossilised? I sent a previous discusion, but you couldn't tell if it was fossilised so here I am showing a microscope image instead. I found it in Ossett, West Yorkshire, UK, and if it's a fossil it's carboniferous in age. I would appriciate an answer on this one.
Ok, thanks for the reply. Where I go fossil hunting there is loads of trigonocarpus nuts, but a month ago I used to mestake them as pebbles. But this month I have found 2 of them, so I am hoping to find more! Is there any other large fossil nuts that can be found or is it only trigonocarpus?
Don't know a lot about fossil nut's Dan because we do not usually find them were we normally collect but I have something in my collection that looks like one, I will take an image of it and maybe you could id for me?
It has actually been preserved splitting open slightly and is about 2cm in length.
The nearest thing to finding old fossil nuts is on the Holderness in the peat beds that are occasionaly exposed when the sand has been moved, usually at low water.
These beds and most of the contents have been RCD at 2,000yo.
Took an image of the specimen that I said I would do today and after looking at it a bit closer I think it could be a bivalve but I do not know, interesting how it has opened but remains heavy for it's size.
I have not seen anything like this from the Yorkshire coast but variable preservation may have something to do with the different look of the specimen.
It has been stuck in a draw for years.
I don't think it's a bivalve; I think it is a nut. Looks a bit different to a trigonocarpus nut, but there is still a chance it could be trigonocarpus nut, however I think trigonocarpus became extinct during the Permian period. If you look closely you can see it has little lines going down it like you see on some wood.
Have you thought about joining you local geological society? or taking your specimens along to an open day.
An archaeologist also may give a very good answer, is there a 'dig' near you?
There is no fossil digs near to where I live. The only place where I live where I can find fossils is where I find my fossil wood. That is not a site paleontologists go to, it is just a place that is full of fossils. It is huge cliffs. At the top of the cliffs there is a lot of rocks you can get up to the top by going up a road.