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Jan 26, 2014 6:04 PM

Nuts and pods??

Hi all, the pictures below are a selection, from a shoe box full, of what i think are nuts and/or pods. The pictures are front and rear views of the fossils. If there are any you would like to see in greater detail please let me know and i'll do my best.

seeds 005.JPGseeds 007.JPGseeds 009.JPGnuts 002.JPGnuts 003.JPG seeds 001.JPGseeds 002.JPG

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    Jan 26, 2014 9:38 PM (in response to kate)
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    Wow Kate!

    I bet grandad knew what they are.

    Some of the specimens look to be infills, were a cavity left by something decaying has been filled with sediment or minerals.

     

    Tabfish

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    Jan 27, 2014 5:51 PM (in response to kate)
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    They definietly aren't fossil seeds/pods, but I'm not sure what they are (they could be fossils, but I think they could be flint.)

     

     

    Fossils seeds are more  symmetrical shaped.

     

     

    Here is a picture of a trigonocarpus nut which I found.

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    Jan 28, 2014 9:21 PM (in response to kate)
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    Hi Kate

    They could be trace fossils, were a sign of ancient life has been but dissapeared, and the cavity filled with minerals.

     

    Tabfish

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              Jan 29, 2014 9:18 PM (in response to kate)
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              Hi Kate

              Your third and fourth specimens from the botton look to me to be bone! and some of your other fossils obviously have signs of ancient life but I have not collected in the area were your grandad found his fossils so I don't have a positive I.D,

              Hope this helps.

               

              Tabfish

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                Jan 29, 2014 9:50 PM (in response to Tabfish)
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                Kate,

                 

                Good photos; makes all the difference.

                 

                Now we see rounding (as before), but at the same time as prervation of what seem to be original surace details.

                That, plus the overall shapes (and to some extent their variability), plus the cross sections looking distinctly un-flintlike, makes me think they are coprolites. The vaguely fossilish objects within and at the surface would then be plant/animal remains.

                 

                However, I'm not sure what to make of the white band/volume in the broken specimen near the end.

                 

                Mike

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