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Hendizzle
Hi! I found this on a beach when I was a kid, it was either on the East Anglian coast or South West England. I initially thought it was fossilised wood and stashed it away for the best part of a decade. I then came across it again years ago and noticed how much it looked like a rib... I then sat on it another decade and finally decided to do something about identifying it!

So, any help greatly appreciated and if it wasn't already obvious I know very, very, very little about fossils. I know this doesnt look like a piece of tarmac though. Click image for larger version - Name: 642cc5a5-19e4-4f23-b882-36cd261ff5de.jpg, Views: 51, Size: 275.39 KB Click image for larger version - Name: 781b0d22-0da4-4ef5-a262-2a565369072d.jpg, Views: 57, Size: 182.99 KB Click image for larger version - Name: 6e7d918c-abc8-4639-abec-2afa2a6e9a82.jpg, Views: 51, Size: 187.23 KB Click image for larger version - Name: b5da8f98-6cba-4afa-b919-81863e22df24.jpg, Views: 42, Size: 264.42 KB
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Rolo
It does look like fossil bone, but without knowing where it was found it is very difficult to do anything other than guess at an ID. This is because the formation it is derived from determines it's age and whether it is likely to be reptilian or mammal.
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LiamL
It's bone, you can see the honey comb structure in the cross section. That's about all i can tell you though! Interesting find.
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prep01
I agree with Rolo - look!s like a big beast though! IF it was East coast them something like mammoth I would think.
Colin Huller
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Hendizzle
Rolo wrote:
It does look like fossil bone, but without knowing where it was found it is very difficult to do anything other than guess at an ID. This is because the formation it is derived from determines it's age and whether it is likely to be reptilian or mammal.


Why didn't anyone teach me this in school?

Really appreciate the replies, I'll try to retrace my steps and figure out where it's from. If it's not east Norfolk cost through to Essex it's from Devon.
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s.c.
Looks like Norfolk material to me. I have a similar piece from Overstrand.
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