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Pmckay
hi all - I found the attached item on my property and was wondering if it’s likely to be a fossil

it is about 1m diameter, patterned on the top like a turtle shell but smooth on the underneath

Is this likely to be a geological formation or something organic in origin?

any help gratefully accepted - it’s perplexed all of us here!


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andrasz
That is a HUGE septarian nodule, never seen one so big. While it is not a fossil, it is still a great find and a perfect conversation piece.
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prep01
Welcome to the forum. What a whopper!!! Where in the world is it?
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Colin Huller
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Pmckay
Thank you for the fast answer both!

Somerset - there's actually two this size. Totally unexpected find :-)

Is there any value in them - or 'simply' some super-interesting Septarian garden ornaments?!
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prep01
Hi Paul, I suppose they do have a value, but getting them out of the ground, cleaning and transporting them would be costly!
Colin Huller
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Dirty Pete
Taunton museum might be interested to know of septarian nodules of that magnitude and quality on their turf. I know they used to have an extensive geological collection. Don't let anybody near it with a sledge hammer....

Pete.
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