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Nov 5, 2015 9:46 AM

Could anyone identify this for my 10 year old son please?

My son found this on a beach on the isle of Skye and wondered if it could be a dinosaur fossil?  Could anyone identify it from these photos please?

Many thanks for your help

  • Regret I can't see any fossil in this/these rocks, just a sandstone (?) with some fracture marks which can resemble fossils.  If you can identify the Skye beach, I may be able to say more...

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  • Well you were certainly in the right part of Skye to look for Jurassic fossils (a lot of Skye is younger Volcanics).  In fact the rocks in that immediate area are the same age as the ones I live on in West Dorset but without the sandstone layers in the shales you saw in Skye.  Your photos are good and even without a ruler for scale the size is obvious.  If your son was thinking the whole rock was a fossil then I'm afraid not.  The different colours on the outside are modern marine lichens and algae - the "inner" sides of the rock show the acual colour of the sandstone and the plant-like mark is the way the rock fractured when recently cracked open.  Did you find any fossils in the shales?Capture.JPG

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