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It's a beach rolled fragment of an iron rich siderite concretion I'm afraid,definately not bone.
If it's any consolation when I started collecting on the hastings/fairlight  coast I had many false alarms before my first dino bone.

Real Dinosaur bone is simply unmistakable,there is nothing else like it....if you find something and are not sure,then it probably isnt.

The most distinctive feature is the honeycombe,crunchie bar structure of the inside of the bone,usually on beach worn bones this is the first thing you spot. Even very worn bones usually have some original bone surface present...another helpful aid to bone spotting...as the bones are often very oddly shaped .You are really looking for rocks which have no right to be the shape they are on a beach....which look like fossil crunchie bar!


 

Alan
Edited by rolo 2011-09-18 20:02:49
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Sharp-eye
Hello, I have been looking through some old finds today and I found this.
 

Firstly the info on the following pics is my info of what I think.

 

I think it might be a piece of dinosaur bone (Iguanodon).

It has a craized appearance and is brownish in colour - it appears to have a hole in it which just about goes right through - if you hold it up to light you can see a dot of light so there is a tine hole right through.

The "hole" to me looks like a puncture mark from a tooth, I have looked on the internet and (this might not be right but) found that Megalosaurus and Baryonx dinosaurs would have been the likley predators of an Iguanodon.

 

The "Hole" looks like the shape of either of these predatory dinosaurs.

 

I originally found this at Fairlight East Sussex about 4 years ago.

 

Basically it looks like a piece of dinosaur bone and appears to have teeth punctures and dents but is it really a piece of bone.

 

What does everyone think? I obviously like anyone want it to be a pice of dinosaur bone because that would be great but is it?

 

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Sharp-eye
more pics:
 

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Sharp-eye
I have got another pic which I will try to upload later, the upload thing wont work properly - it keeps making a clicking noise and then says connection lost - it seems tempermental. - I will try tomorrow nite to upload the other pic - it is just a bigger pic of side 2 - I tried for ages to upload it but now im tired to thats it for today, I look forward to your replies, fingers corssed it is bone.

 

Nick Big smile

 
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gigantopithicus
 Without seeing a cross section for the haversian system i would say it's a mudstone with dessication cracks.

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Johnny
I'm afraid I agree with gigantopithicus, it does not look like bone to me. I could well be wrong though!
Mud glorious mud.
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Julian123
Would be very helpful to see pics of the thin side.
Julian

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dinogary
i agree looks like mudstone but as julian said need to see the side of it
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Sharp-eye

Thanks, but I have to say that all that is rather dissapointing - it took me ages to do the pics and what has been said still doesn't explain the puncture marks and dent's. 


 

Why would a mud stone look like this??

 

 

 
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Sharp-eye
I still reckon theres a chance its bone but keep your comments coming.
 

cheers.
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gigantopithicus
 It could be small burrows within the stone, it could be something like a shell or piece of wood etc. lying on the surface, there could be a whole number of reasons - The reasons they are unlikey to be puncture marks;
 none are continious, if something were able to put a gouge that deep into the bone then it wouldn't be just the one tooth, there would be several.
 Punctures in bone are incredibly rare, at the end of the day if a predator was eating from a carcass it would leave scrapes, evidence for active predation (which punctures would be) are incredibly rare.

 Also, the crazed pattern on the surface is typical for dessication cracks, the only time ive seen something anywhere similar is on the bone of large sauropods where the bone has been digested by its own metabolism.

 And also it's the right colour for mudstone rather than bone.
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Olenus
Hello Nick, i dont think its bone. It looks like a Septarian concretion or nodule. But i could be wrong.
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Naze Dave
I'm afraid i agree with others, doesnt look like bone.
Thanks
Dave
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Sharp-eye
Hello everyone, I have read all your comments and as my find prob isnt bone could someone post a pic of Dino bone from Fairlight on here - or a like to a pic because I'd like to see what they look like.
 

With my find - I wondered if it had a puncture from a tooth because it looks very tooth shaped - ie like a tear drop - anyways a pic of a real dino bone from Fairlight would be great to see.

 

Cheers, Nick.Big smile

 
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dinogary
has it possibly contained a fossil such as a brachiopod pinna thats dissolved away?
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fossils-uk
holes could be bioturbation through the mud. I.e. worm burrows et al.
cheers byron

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