I found this about fifteen years ago at Chapmans Pool near Worth Matravers in Dorset.
It is about 23cm in length, limestone? and looks like a vertebra.
Any ideas what it could be?
Interesting find, well done.
What is it? well to me the second image looks like a vert but the rest of the images do-not add any more information to the I.D of the specimen.
Is the matrix soft and would it wash off with a tooth brush or is it too fragile to attempt it.
I have managed to partly clean the specimen as suggested. It is very hard and seems to be made of limestone? and coated all over in a hard crust of limescale. I have photographed it at this stage, attached here.
I have found out that limescale can be removed with vinegar. I am having some success with this, soaking and using the toothbrush. I will photograph and repost again when this cleaning is complete.
I have now been told by a geologist that this is not a fossil but is actually part of a limestone cave floor.
So maybe the mystery has been solved!
Does anyone have any thoughts on this?