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Hi, first post here, I was hoping I could get some help figuring out what I found. Whilst fossil hunting at Eathie I found something that looked like a steel rod. It's about the size of a chunky pencil, roughly cylindrical but slightly irregular. Looks like it has been broken off at each end. It looks like it's something that has been fossilised, I just can't figure out what. Wondered about a belemnite (common at Eathie according to google) but most I've seen online are shaped like a bullet, this is too slender. Also wondered about a Crinoid stem but this seems too smooth. Any ideas? Click image for larger version - Name: 20200713_090851.jpg, Views: 36, Size: 240.69 KB Click image for larger version - Name: 20200713_090858.jpg, Views: 35, Size: 211.09 KB Click image for larger version - Name: 20200713_090912.jpg, Views: 33, Size: 282.61 KB Click image for larger version - Name: 20200713_090923.jpg, Views: 32, Size: 236.61 KB Click image for larger version - Name: 20200713_090938.jpg, Views: 35, Size: 259.90 KB
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Gary W
It defInately isn't a crinoid stem as that would have segments.  It doesn't look right for a belemnite.  
I would guess it is man made  not a fossil, but i'm not 100% certain.
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Dirty Pete
There's a weird slender foot long + belemnite called Youngibelus tubularis found in the Toarcian but they are normally found in bits and have to be glued back together........just a thought.

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It could be the belemnite Cylindroteuthis obelisca (Phillips) that occurs at Eathie, though the end sections are a bit worn for the fibrous structure to be clear.
It's also oddly bent which could be pathology or preservation, and, as Pete says, it's surprisingly long for an unbroken piece! So a bit odd...
Here are two -  a 7.5cm juvenile that's the right colour with a bit of transmitted light (photographed on a glass plate) and a small adult. And the plate from the Phillips monograph (1869) shows how long they can get .  IMG_0930.jpg  IMG_3811.jpeg  IMG_3812.jpeg
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Thanks for the suggestions. Gary, I agree that any crinoid stem I'd seen pictures of seemed to be comprised of lots of segments, I thought it unlikely to be that. From the look and feel and a slight translusence I can't think of any sort of man made object it could be. It's not turned (too irregular) and no real signs of whittling or shaping.

Pete/Tarquin, thanks for the suggestions and pictures, I hadn't found any as long and slender as that. The slightly orange/reddish colour in the first image seems similar.

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