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Hello, firstly thanks to the hosts for this forum. Great to find somewhere that may be able to help ID a UK found (let's call it an item at the moment) [wink]

It could be anything from a dodo tooth to a 20th century seaside artefact, my knowledge is so slim it barely exists. I wonder if anyone could put a name to this please?

I've tried to make the photo's as clear as possible; dark background, scale provided and I've weighed it on jewellery scales and it comes in at a modest 14.60g

If more photo's might help please let me know. I hope it's worth a fortune but should it be mere bin fodder then no harm done [smile] 

Thank you in advance, I hope it generates a modicum of excitement? All the very best. 

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Sadly no value! But it is a genuine fossil.  It is a belemnite - a part of the internal skeleton of an extinct type of squid from the Jurassic to Cretaceous periods.  Yours looks like it is Jurassic, but you'd need to tell us more of where you found it to be more certain.  They are among the more numerous fossil types to be found in Jurassic marine deposits over the world, and were considered in days of yore to be Thunderbolts, Devil's fingers, etc - almost anything you can imagine.  Worth keeping as a curio.
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Hi, welcome to the forum!
It's the apex (actually rear end) of a belemnite rostrum. They're very common in some places and a worn piece like that is of no commercial value I'm afraid. They're my favourite fossils though and inherently very interesting.[smile] 

If you know which area it came from it might be possible to narrow down the ID - there are a few that would fit that one.
A square-on photo of the flat, broken end would help too - I can't quite tell which way up it is from your fourth photo. They're good photos otherwise!
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Definitely a belemnite. I live on the east coast in the US for reference, and at rock and mineral shows they are very common to give out to children to keep their interest up, along with shark teeth, petrified wood, etc. When I was young me and my mom would go to these big areas where people dump the floor of rivers anytime they needed to be dredged and we would find hundreds of these. The only difference I'm seeing from your pictures is the 4 (or so) 'creases' around the belemnite. The ones we found here in the US did not have any, so maybe there's a different breed that lived more towards the UK region. Cool find! (:
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