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Found Charmouth, asked advice from Fossil shop, they suggested tube dwelling worm - secretions Fossilised. Not seen previously. Partially hollow. Shown with my size 6 welly boot for scale! Was embedded in homogenous grey shale cliff, poking out, hole end showing. Easily eased out. Any further info gratefully received!
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Brittle Star
Hi,

Not like any worm tube I have ever seen, looks like an overlap at open end.

As the fossil shop had it in their hand and being able to see inside they probably could tell better than just looking at a photo.
See if you can find any similar images on line.
JW

 Never ask a star fish for directions
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prep01
It looks like folded lead to me!
Colin Huller
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Cat Jameson
prep01 wrote:
It looks like folded lead to me!


😂 Nope
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Cat Jameson
Brittle Star wrote:
Hi,

Not like any worm tube I have ever seen, looks like an overlap at open end.

As the fossil shop had it in their hand and being able to see inside they probably could tell better than just looking at a photo.
See if you can find any similar images on line.


Thanks.. I see the bit you mean looks like an overlap.. It does from that photo but in the hand it looks like perhaps a fissure. I'm not sure though.
I looked online first but it's really hard to know what to type in to find it.. And three people at the shop weren't quite sure but that was their best guess, so it isn't something they see. It was embedded in the shale and in the correct colour and sand/geo for the fossil inclusions in the area. They were just going for trace fossil.
I'm wondering if I should wash / brush /gently scrape to see what is further revealed or if that is a no no.. It has a hard interior but sandy covering .. But I just don't want to lose it! I scraped at the very inner bit with my nail and although some bits are very hard, that bit although looking v structural, gave way as you can see on the photo attached (brighter orange.)
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Brittle Star
I don't think it would hurt to give it a bit of a clean and brush up. If it is fossil of some sort it may show some outer detail.

If you can take close ups of all sides with a ruler in the shot it should give folk on here a better idea.

How heavy is It?
JW

 Never ask a star fish for directions
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Cat Jameson
Brittle Star wrote:
I don't think it would hurt to give it a bit of a clean and brush up. If it is fossil of some sort it may show some outer detail.

If you can take close ups of all sides with a ruler in the shot it should give folk on here a better idea.

How heavy is It?


On analogue scales (I'm on holiday!) I'd say 195g best estimate.
I'll get a ruler today, take photos and then clean. There's definitely hard fossil/stone in there so at least I know something will remain if I clean and as you say, it might reveal some telling structure or detail. I was thinking I should leave it as that is how it was found but I guess that's naive fossil finder talking.. And it was just so starkly different from the surrounding mudstone / shale - you know how it looks on those cliffs - that it felt that ALL of it is different from it's surround therefore all 100% valid find and not to be discarded as stuff to clean off. At least I'll have photos of the find as it was plucked from the shale. Fingers crossed!
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estwing
Fossil burrito, maybe? [biggrin]
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Cat Jameson
estwing wrote:
Fossil burrito, maybe? [biggrin]


😂 What is the chemical test for cheese remains?
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Brittle Star
I think it is called the lick test.
JW

 Never ask a star fish for directions
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Cat Jameson
Brittle Star wrote:
I think it is called the lick test.


😂 You show me first
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Brittle Star
Nah...lactose intolerant. Just got diagnosed 10 mins ago
JW

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