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Sarah the Odd

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Hello everyone, I’ve just joined up and loving what I’ve seen so far! I’ve been a (very!) amateur collector for about 35 years, found my first fossils as a small child and carried on hunting whenever I had a chance.

I found this last week along a fault in Jurassic rock, West Somerset, amongst some Gryphaea. I thought it was coral but have been told it isn’t. I’m not convinced though so can anyone tell me what they think it could be please? There is a video but it’s on my YouTube account and unsure if I’m allowed to link that here. I’d be eternally grateful if anyone can come up with an ID!

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Hello Sarah and welcome to the forum. I'm not 100% sure it's a natural rock, those lines look very regularly spaced. I am pretty sure that it isn't coral though! Could we have a close up (but in focus) of an edge that is broken and a scale (a ruler is best) in all photos. You may need to knock a little bit off an edge with a hammer.
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Maybe mineralisation associated with the fault plane, remnants of slickensides? I'm not convinced it's an animal.

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Hi
My first impression is that is a layered rock and the layer underneath is showing through due to erosion. No idea wht the rock is though so may be way out.

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Many thanks for all of your replies! The video has lots of angles and I tap it a few times too - the sound doesn't come out great but you can hear a distinctive ring. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4VLgfvivt4&t=3s (please admin delete if not allowed, I couldn't see anywhere saying videos couldn't be linked)

 

I will grab some more photos tomorrow in daylight 😉

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Plant material, maybe, e.g very worn Stigmaria?

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Worn plant material..lepidodendron?
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I'd go with worn plant material, it reminds me of this piece of Sigillaria trunk I found at Whitecroft Spoil earlier in the year.

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That's awesome, thank you all 😉 I'll go have a Google with the names you've given me and see what I can come up with! [thumb]
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Hi Sarah, where did you find it in West Somerset? I don't think there's much in the way of coal measure outcrops in that part of the country so if it's a vegetable then presumably it's an erratic.
I looked at your video and stopped the action at this interesting point. This looks far more coral like but the resolution isn't good enough to see any details. 

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I'm leaning towards coral now or maybe worm tubes.........

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