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 'Sorry my bad! Yes, I meant NHM not the NHS! ' 

Referring to a fossil ID forum link.

I have just spotted this old post... thanks Fossil hunter, it did make me giggle!  Thanks for cheering me up after a stressful work day.

sd41 
Fossil hunting...What a rush! :)
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Quebulas
I have known about this rock for years but I always thought it to be some sort of masonry work that was abandoned during the building of the local railway tunnels. Whilst out walking with my son the other day I investigated it further and realised it is some sort of fossil. I initially thought it to be some sort of palm tree trunk from the age when my part of Yorkshire was a tropical delta but, I'm unsure trees let alone palm trees are that old. To be honest I know next to nothing about fossils and their origins but my guess is it's some sort of fern tree from the Carboniferous period. The rock it is embedded into must weigh 20+ tonnes and appears to be Yorkshire sandstone. Another guess of mine as to how it came to be situated where it is, is the Navvies must tossed aside all rock that was unusable elsewhere.
Can anyone ID this?
fern.jpg 

HUGE thanks, Andy


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Fossil hunter
Hi,Quebulas.
It does look like some plant material to me as well.
It may be worth sending the image to NHS's web forum to an ID.

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Quebulas
Hi thanks for responding. I have no idea what the NHS website is, sorry :(

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Moleskin


I think he may have meant NHM website http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/british-natural-history/uk-biodiversity-portal/identification-information/identification-forums/
best wishes
 
Vik
Every day brings opportunities to try new things
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Quebulas
Thank you. I have posted the same message there. I wonder what else lurks under the huge pile of discarded rubble and to imagine what kind of stuff they came across while excavating tunnels and digging out canals.



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Fossil hunter
Sorry my bad! Yes, I meant NHM not the NHS! 
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Moleskin

Quebulas wrote:
Thank you. I have posted the same message there. I wonder what else lurks under the huge pile of discarded rubble and to imagine what kind of stuff they came across while excavating tunnels and digging out canals.




 
new motorways and dual carriageways across middle england are usually accompanied by piles of large ammonites dug from the beds :)
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Olenus
Hello Andy, it looks like a Stigmaria tree root.
 

Lee
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Quebulas
I'm totally fascinated by it!! I'm going tomorrow to get some better pictures because there's more than just that there. There looks to be some sort of imprint there too of something ribbed. 

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Bigdougy
Sounds very interesting. Looking forward to hearing about your follow up visit.
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efossil


Hi looks like Stigmaria ( Clubmoss tree root) to me, like this found in Millhouses Park in Sheffield. 310 million years old.
 
Stigmaria_Sheffield.jpg 
 
 
 
 
 
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Bobj
It looks like the male cone of a cycad,; they grew in the Carboniferous.

https://www.google.com.au/search?q=male+cycad+cones&newwindow=1&client=firefox-a&hs=8ZQ&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=iXqFUd-9CoWQiAfbtIDQCQ&ved=0CDAQsAQ&biw=1024&bih=605


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