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StellaF
I would be grateful if anyone could shed light on what this could be. I found it in a river bed in west Northumberland. The base rock seems to be sandstone.

The body part in the second photo is my knee. I was trying to get a photo of the cross section.
To me the unusual thing is the vertical strip running between the segments. The segments seem much bigger than crinoid stem segments I have seen in books and on the internet.

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Dirty Pete
Hi StellaF,
Is the riverbed on/near the coal measures? Maybe a poorly preserved external cast of a segmented plant stem along the lines of Calamites (horsetail).

Pete.
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prep01
Hello and welcome to the forum Stella. Northumberland is well known for its Carboniferous (300 - 340) million year old  plant fossils, and whether this is stem fragment or root fragment it looks like Pete is about right to me!
Colin Huller
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StellaF
Thank very much Pete and Colin. We are close to old coal seams. I love keeping an eye out for fossils in the river bed as I take the dog for a walk. I mostly find corals but every so often something new comes to light. The dog mostly find sticks! 
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StellaF
Many thanks for your replies Pete and Colin. We are close to coal seams here. I love looking out for fossils in the river bed as I walk the dog. Mostly I just find coral but every so often something new catches my eye. Mostly the dog just finds sticks! 
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