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1705 Views 3 Replies Last post: Feb 21, 2011 8:30 PM by Ryanc RSS
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Apr 20, 2011 2:12 PM

Answered as far as possible - probably not fossil dung

This was found on a pebble driveway in the midlands, so it was not found in an original location. It has imprints on one side and on the edges on the inside, which look like fern. Is it possible this is dung from an animal that fed upon fern?

 

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    Feb 19, 2011 7:37 PM (in response to Trev)
    Re: Is this fossilised dung?

    Hi Trev,

    I don't think this is fossil dung (coprolite).  It looks more like a broken (flint?) nodule, with the fern-like pattern caused by the fracturing.

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    Feb 20, 2011 11:46 AM (in response to Trev)
    Re: Is this fossilised dung?

    Hi,

    I agree with Rhys - it's hard to identify rocks from pictures and I'm not sure what kind of rock it is but I think the lines are caused by the way it has fractured and I don't think it's a fossil.

    Luanne

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    • I would be pretty sure its not a coprolite and the fern marks are just fractures but the honeycomb material at the bottom could well be the remnants of the sponges whose internal skeletons provided the silica that formed much of the flint we see today.

       

      You can find a range of fossils in flint's so they are worth a look - happy hunting!

       

      Regards,

       

      Ryan

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