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Hi all, first time posting and not a huge fossil collector but did find something interesting and would like your opinions on it, and what it/they might be.  Please see the images and if there are any questions please do let me know.

Looks like bone running through it but also not just one, a few of them so could they be connected? Is it just a fossil mashup? 

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Hi, welcome to the forum. They're belemnites in a piece of pyritic shale. The cross sections are distinctive, with radiating calcite fibres.
Aggregations of belemnites are quite common, often with water current alignment or just because they've piled up together - sometimes you get entire "death beds" of them, for various reasons.
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Thanks for the speedy reply, was wondering what it was, there is also a small "shell" on the "top" which has a kind of a gold colour to it, but looking at the clump am wondering if and how I would get it all out without destroying... if you or anyone has any advice that would be amazing.  
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Further to Tarquin's comment that you can find these in "death assemblages" - huge rafts of belemnites, often aligned, in one associated mass.  They have been called Belemnite Battlefields.  One novel idea that has been published is that these represent a regurgitated mess from an Ichthyosaur stomach, rather as birds of prey bring up pellets of the bones of their prey.  Belemnites would represent a rather indigestible part of the squid from which they originated, so it makes sense to get rid of them before passing through the digestive system.  We know Ichthyosaurs ate belemnites because lots of their tentacle hooks have been found within their fossilised skeletons, as a result of their being caught in the stomach lining when they were still alive and feeding.  I'm not sure that yours are as numerous or densely clustered to be one of these - but ook out for them.  As for cleaning it might be lucky to be able to pick off some of the matrix, although if it is pyritic, it will be rather hard.  But the interest in this specimen is in the association, which would be lost if you separated the belemnite guards as individual fossils.
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Hi Daxinomega
I doubt you'll manage to extract the belemnites, the pyrite will most probably break up and the fossils with it.
Anyway, in my opinion, the piece is far nicer as it is.
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