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SteveP
Hello to all,

I am new to this discussion forum and would like to get some help identifying the two attached specimens found on the beach at Charmouth. I am an amateur enthusiast with a keen interest in the palaeontology of the West Dorset coast. Both pieces are pyritised. Initially I thought they were possibly fossilised wood but, having looked at them again, I am not so sure now...

First specimen;

SpecimenA01.jpg  SpecimenA02.jpg  SpecimenA03.jpg  SpecimenA04.jpg  SpecimenA05.jpg  SpecimenA06.jpg  SpecimenA07.jpg  SpecimenA08.jpg 

Second specimen;

SpecimenB01.jpg  SpecimenB02.jpg  SpecimenB03.jpg  SpecimenB04.jpg  SpecimenB05.jpg  SpecimenB06.jpg 

Many thanks for any help anyone feels able to give.

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micklemas
Hi SteveP, welcome to the forum.
I am no expert but the first piece looks to me like petrified wood with coal in it.
The second piece I am not sure about and I think one of the bone guys would be better experienced to answer. (Which might give you a little hint for the way I am leaning 😉 )
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SteveP
Hi Micklemas

Thank you for your advice and opinion. Hopefully one of the ‘bone guys’ will have a look too.
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prep01
Hello and welcome to the forum. Specimen  1 is a concretion with wood in it and possibly some 'beef' (a fibrous Calcite layer). Specimen2 is a Pyrite concretion.
Colin Huller
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SteveP
Hello Colin
Thank you for your help. I presume the pattern visible in the specimens is just part of the concretion process?
Many thanks, Steve
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prep01
Pyrite concretions often form around a fossil, but it becomes unrecognisable!
Colin Huller
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