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Aug 1, 2014 6:03 PM

Help to identify drawing on beach stone find

Hi folks, we are on holiday and staying near Kessingland beach on the east coast. This afternoon we searched the beach for interesting stones and found this one, which has got to be the most interesting thing we have found as a family!

 

It looks to me just like a Chinese drawing of a tiger with the way the mouth is shaped. I can't imagine that this is just a natural shape? The stone is quite light and porous.

 

Any thoughts?

 

Many thanks

 

Matt

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    Aug 1, 2014 10:27 PM (in response to Matt.C)
    Re: Help to identify drawing on beach stone find

    Matt,

     

    I see what you mean, but this is just one of those things that peeks the human interest, but it is just a shape of little scientific significance. Your specimen is made of flint, and flints are one of the things we get asked about most often on NaturePlus, in terms of 'this looks like a...'

     

    That's because flints form as nodules and lumpy layers, sometimes guided more or less by fossils, including burrows. Once (millions of years later) eroded, broken, and worn on a beach, the range of shapes and patterns that flints display is very large. Some, inevitably, 'look like something'.

     

    Some are made more intriguing by banding, a phenomenon which is not well understood, but is known not to be of organic origin. This Google image search wll show you some of the weird and wonderfulnesses of banded flint - https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=banded+flint&tbm=isch

     

    Mike

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