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JohnHayes
Found this deep in stream deposits in Greater Manchester, Suspected it to be bone (I have undertaken the 'lick test' in which was sucessful in whic clarifies it to be of bone material) and I am wondering would anybody be able to 'decipher' what group of bone it belongs to (vertabrae) and most of all what species it may belong to.

P.S 
I can post some to scales if needed. 

Many Thanks 
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Brittle Star
Hi and welcome,

I certainly would not want to lick that.

I think you need to give it a good scrub and see what remains. To me it currently does not look like bone.
Can you say exactly what the location is, Greater Manchester is quite a large area.

As found in a stream, if it is fossil, it could have been carried from another area.

Let's wait and see.
JW

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Weald on Bed
Looks like an irregular lump of foundry slag to me - particularly  in the way it's blackened in the middle but reddish (from the iron oxide) towards the outside. First photo, with the broken end, seems to show the typical bubble structure in the centre, bit like the inside of a crunchy bar. Whilst the inside of a long-bone can look superficially similar, with bone the holes look more like irregular branching tubes, rather than round bubbles.
Wouldn't be too surprising to find the by-product of Victorian industrial processes in a stream in Greater Manchester!
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Brittle Star
After I posted I thought of slag even if I thought it was a bone I do not think I would be tempted to lick it.
JW

 Never ask a star fish for directions
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