On Halloween, during the day, 31/10/11 I found an unusual stone whilst gardening. When it first entered my hands and looked at it I shrieked with oh my goodness as it appeared to be the face of a devil and had horns. I took it in the house and washed the dirt off. It definately appears as though their are ears. The back is fairly flatish. The side bit that protrudes is flat and cut in such a shape as though it may have been inserted into something.If you look at the side piece that protrudes out there is very clearly a straight line running through as though it had been attached to the object. This is certainly no ordinary stone.It also appears to me very wolf like rather than devilish. Could it have been a knife, dagger or tool handle? What is it? Can someone identify it? Have you ever seen anything like it?
Making sure the new photograph is here so it is not missed.The sculpture is incredible wolf like head dress, eyes, wolf ears, mouth.
I''ve also included a view ot the piece that is smooth protruding out showing its end shape where I believe something was attached to it.
As a nipper I used to find similar stones, normally flints and I was told by someone who I assumed was learned that this type of fracturing was caused by the stones being heated to incredible temperatures then being suddenly quenched with cold water. How and why this occured I have no idea.
"definately", who said that but you? (BTW spellcheck please!)
"heating up of a stone by man" who said that?
"formed into", who said that?
I could continue, but I won't bore my readers.
Ooh, please TROLL, go away, read some books right side down. And get a brain, and start to think - and observe! Instead of trying to squish whatever you have seen (and only remembered half of it) into your ignorant phantasies! I had to write this! Excuse me!
Thank you for posting the photo. It didn't look like a dog (or any member of the dog family) to me. I immediatly thought of the Egyptian cat goddess, Bastet. Take a look at this photo to see what I mean.
So you see, various shapes that broadly define a known pattern to us can be interpreted in different ways by different people. The common thing is that our brain 'fills the gaps' or 'connects the dots' and interprets the otherwise random shapes as meaningful images. The phenomenon is known as Pareidolia, and is a cool aspect of neurobiology. We often receive enquiries about apparent fossils, which in fact are just stones that happen to look like bones or whole animals.
So it's not the devil's face, nor is it a dog, and it was shaped by nature. High pressure and temperatures are exerted on stones when the crust moves. However, it is a nice object, and I wouldn't throw it away. Show it to others, and teach them about pareidolia!
Florian, thank you so much for your answer. I wouldn't rule out it being heated by mankind to form this shape and not a natural phenomina. If you could see it more clearly as I do. There is definately pieces put in as eyes and showing mouth. I believe at times people do tend to rule truths out as never before seen or thought of. There is no way it is a natural phenomina.It is more wolflike as though human head wearing wolfskin. That is what it is like. It is a wonderful and amazing object. It will be kept. I wouldn't rule out any factors of mankind making objects using intense heat to form objects or products from steel, iron, bronze, marble and any other ojbect they fancied experimenting with in heating. This is not a plain and simple stone it has texture/colour and sure why not try and form a shape I would if I lived in those times and didnt have anything better to do like watch tv, listen to radio, be on the inernet, read a book. There are many unexplained phenomina in this world and the most amazing objects were built still unexplained.I'm certain mistakes are made on ojbects as so clearly stated thinking fossil is bone or vice versa and of coure there are stones formed due to natural phenomina. However, I dont believe the brain should rule out the factor its definate possibilty as well that mankind did indeed heat stones or formed stone shapes. After all, the capability existed to cement stones together to make castles etc. There was lots of stone work done. I dont see cat at all but if you do thats fine. I will bear in mind your answer as I hope I've given you something to bear in mind.The object will be kept definately and not discarded. The answer given doesnt explain period the flat back which could indeed sit next to the body nor does it explain the perfectly formed side which protrudes and is smoothed nor the line running down this side protruded bit and indication there was an ojbect attached to it. That my dear would not all be part of some natuarl phenomina but part of something to really make you think about for sure.Thanks but I look forward to more responces.
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One or two mistakes are acceptable but you seem to be going for a record?
Use the spell check madam, it's at the top right hand side of the reply page. The large green tick with abc above it.
Please remember to keep your posts civil at all times - take a step back and don't click the Post message button if you are unable to be polite. If the tone in this thread degenerates again I will be locking it.
The stone looks to me to be just that ... a stone ... albeit one that has been shattered by heat into a shape that vaguely resembles something dog-like. Even if the heat was artificially applied, the outcome of that heating would be completely unpredictable, and so, any resemblance of the stone to anything else must be just coincidence.
I would like to thank you Florin for increasing my vocabulary ... pareidolia ... that is the only phenomenon that i see here.
Well, as a beginner I became quite gripped by this Unusual Stone furore; though a little tense at times reading the somewhat heated posts.
This stone is indeed unusual and attractive and I would keep it because of that; but I must say it does look like... just a stone that has formed naturally, having retained features mildly favouring those of a dog, maybe-but hey I'm no geologist/historian whoever. You sound very convinced of your find
Lady Trojan and if you don't manage to beckon any more like-mindedly, convinced replies, I really do think you could start a cult following in children's
sci-fi comic readers if only for your enthusiasm and dogmatism.
However, I do really see the best likeness I've had yet to the description I placed on this 'ID my spider please' section, in July-in the top right hand side of Lewis's Kitten pic!
It's 4mm down and 1.8mm in. Yes I tell you. That patch does indeed have an unmistakable screw-patterned body-shape distinctively engrained into the background paper, cloth-weave or... could it be marble-making it a true fossil?
I do hope I haven't enraged anyone, wasting people's time on what is a superb natural history resource. I don't usually get involved in suchlike, but I just couldn't resist it.
Looks like a chunk of fractured chert. If found in SW England I would say typical Upper Greensand (Upper Cretaceous) of West Dorset - East Devon.
Where do you live (very approximately)?
I have to agree with Dr T - fractured chert. I too have found pieces that look like they may have been exposed to extreme heat (I guess they have at some point) and they do indeed take on interesting forms. However, such pieces remain just that, a naturally formed piece of mineral formed by a far more supreme entity than man - Mother Nature herself.
That said such pieces are interesting examples of geology and the couple I have dug up warrant a place in my cabinet of curiosities.
Sorry but I see nothing unnatural about this specimen - all the shapes and markings look 100% the products of fracturing of a chert nodule, probably Upper Cretaceous in age and possibly transported during the glaciation of your area during the Pleistocene. I doubt if it experienced considerable heat during the formation of the chert (silicification of a sandy limestone probably) but may have done in recent times artificially - (I see no evidence but have only photos to go on).
I consider the question answered and the discussion closed.
I am happy it has encouraged you to learn a bit more about such minerals/rocks. Cheers!