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Started by foghorn on Aug 28, 2018 2:54:52 PM

Talk about them, enjoy them, share pics of your finds, expertise most welcome.

foghorn - 28 Aug 2018 14:57:59 (#1 of 69)

I know this is from a period known as Romer´s gap. I saw nothing in the local museum display that looks like it.

It is around four centimetres across.

Anyone know what it is?

foghorn - 28 Aug 2018 17:57:52 (#2 of 69)

Well I think it is an egg. Nearest thing I have seen from googling.

toffle - 28 Aug 2018 17:59:59 (#3 of 69)

Sea urchin perhaps.

wickeltisch - 28 Aug 2018 18:05:23 (#4 of 69)

I don't know but there's a group on flickr called 'ID please' which might be helpful if you put the photos in there.

thisonehasalittlehat - 28 Aug 2018 18:20:39 (#5 of 69)


Agaliarept - 28 Aug 2018 18:29:29 (#6 of 69)

I can’t find a picture but it looks like a section of the burner the Predator uses to melt the bathroom tiles in Predator 2.

johnnythesailor - 29 Aug 2018 18:38:37 (#7 of 69)


Home at last!

foghorn - 29 Aug 2018 19:13:09 (#8 of 69)

Welcome to this layer of sediment, johnny.

sea urchin

Nope. Not that kind of landscape. There´s vegetation, four legged reptilian tracks, some of fish that are kind of walking, rains of mud, but mostly what appear to be smallish reptilian life. At the top of the layer it stops being shale and there is a layer of sandstone, seabed impressions and relevant fossil action. It isn´t scat, there are lots of examples of that in the museum. I am fairly convinced that what I found is an egg and am pretty excited about that.

I will take it back to the museum. Loathe to part with it, but I think it might be more important to them than as a curio or souvenir to me.

toffle - 29 Aug 2018 21:05:47 (#9 of 69)

If not a sea urchin, then some sort of mollusc.

Eggs are hardly even an option at this point in prehistory.

TinyMcOtter - 29 Aug 2018 21:09:18 (#10 of 69)

But the earth is only 6,000 years old.

foghorn - 29 Aug 2018 21:31:21 (#11 of 69)

The thing it looks most like that I have found is a fossilised turtle egg. There were no urchins on display at the museum and it isn´t as exciting, but it does look like some on the internet. Nice thing, anyway.

FredDee - 30 Aug 2018 12:01:28 (#12 of 69)

This thread is a load of shit.

Specifically, the viking turd found in York and the bloke who found it

( because he wants to )

helbel - 30 Aug 2018 12:07:28 (#13 of 69)

If the fossil in post 1 is a sea urchin I'd expect to see five radial lines, picture isn't clear but I see at least four.

Yersinia - 30 Aug 2018 12:13:49 (#14 of 69)

I already posted this on the wildlife thread, but since there's a shiny new fossil thread...

Earliest fossils of parasitoid wasps, still waiting to emerge from the fly pupae they infested.

Antimatter - 30 Aug 2018 12:40:48 (#15 of 69)

Looks like a sea urchin to me, it is not really eggy shaped, and the pattern is more urchin like.

SinnerBoy - 30 Aug 2018 15:18:31 (#16 of 69)

Foggers, it may not be a fossil at all. Mineralised nodules are quite common in most types of sedimentary rocks. If there are locations with a speck of a mineral like limonite, over time, before lithification, the speck will draw other limonite molecules towards it.

That's quite common in British Carboniferous sandstones, for example.

KizzyK - 30 Aug 2018 15:24:47 (#17 of 69)

I was just about to say similar Sinner. I have lots of fossils of sea urchins and all of them have little dot/indentation patterns on them somewhere even on the partial ones. Which that thing doesn't appear to.

Bloody love fossils. If I could remember my Flickr account details I'd post some pics of my ammonite collection.

foghorn - 30 Aug 2018 15:24:58 (#18 of 69)

Stop harshing my paleophantasiological buzz, man.

KizzyK - 30 Aug 2018 15:25:36 (#19 of 69)

It would be great if it were an egg though obv!

KizzyK - 30 Aug 2018 15:27:35 (#20 of 69)

Anyone else a member of Fossils Galore? They do great dig days to take part in. Often quarries that you wouldn't normally be allowed in as a basic civvie.

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