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324 Views 7 Replies Last post: Feb 26, 2014 9:45 PM by Tabfish RSS
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Feb 25, 2014 4:12 PM

What is this fossil?

Sorry to bother everyone, but I was wondering if anyone knew what this might be? I Found it lying on the ground in a wheat field in Brundish, Suffolk.

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    Feb 25, 2014 4:15 PM (in response to Bill R)
    Re: What is this fossil?

    Without meaning to appear rude ... what makes you believe that it is a fossil rather than a 'stone'?

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          Feb 25, 2014 9:52 PM (in response to Bill R)
          Re: What is this fossil?

          I am 90% sure it is just a stone; a piece of flint.

          The other 10% allows for it being a burrow cast, as some flints are.

          The white 'rind' is common in flints; the broken end exposes that and (in contrast) the darker core. Such rinds develop by weathering and/or chemical contact with the chalk/sediment in which they originated.

          It is very common to find stones (especially flints) that 'look like something', but whose shape is really largely insignificant.

           

          Mike

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          Feb 25, 2014 10:06 PM (in response to Bill R)
          Re: What is this fossil?

          Hi Bill

          I think it's a piece of flint, on the beaches of the Holderness you find some fantastic shapes made from the same material coming from the Cretaceous chalk of the Flamborough cliffs and found as erratics on the Holderness coast.

           

          Tabfish

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