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pauledevans
So we’re on Alum Chine beach near Bournemouth. I wasn’t intentionally looking for fossils, it’s a sandy beach with little shingle, but this caught my eye.

I’m fairly sure it’s a scale of some sort, and reminiscent of something reptilian. But I have no real idea what I’m looking at.

It’s about 3.5cm on its long side.

What do you think?  793352FB-32A1-4648-AA91-574507947329.jpeg  FCF66993-06DA-4876-9F7A-56498EA5B92E.jpeg 
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prep01
Looks like bone - /turtle shell
Colin Huller
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pauledevans
Tree bark, perhaps? 
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prep01
Not Lepidodendrom for sure - those are from the Carboniferous, 300 million years ago. The 'bedrock' along this stretch of coast are of Eocene age ~40 - 50 million years old.
Colin Huller
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pauledevans
prep01 wrote:
Not Lepidodendrom for sure - those are from the Carboniferous, 300 million years ago. The 'bedrock' along this stretch of coast are of Eocene age ~40 - 50 million years old.


Oh, definitely agree there. I shared the link more as a reference on the shape.
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Andrew Wright
Hi

Looks like bone to me. I found some bone not far from there in Barton on Sea a few years ago.  It's too incomplete to be sure though.
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Anonymous
Looks like a tooth, I have seen similar shaped teeth recently, when and if I remember where I will post a link.
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Dirty Pete
Could it be a fragment of a fossil nipa palm fruit? I know they've been found in the Eocene of the Bournemouth area.

eg:
nipa.jpg 

Pete.
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Andrew Wright
In fact the more I look at it, the more i think that Colin is correct with the turtle.  Do a google image search for "fossil turtle scute".  The texture, shape and size or your sample seem to fit.
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estwing
Hi all
It looks as if it's made of oxidised metal, sure it's not part of an ironstone nodule?
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MartynH
I tend to agree this is not a fossil but something like part of an ironstone nodule as suggested above.
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