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Bone/claw piece

by Stu
(Scarborough UK)

Found this and looks like a bone, claw piece or from a tail. Likely from Jurassic age rocks. Found in littoral zone on urban beach in Scarborough UK

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Burrow fill nodule
by: Michael

What Stu has found is neither Baculites nor bone, but a fragment of eroded elongate nodule, which may have formed in a burrow fill (trace fossil). Look on the flat wave-cut platform in this part of the Yorkshire coast and you will see them in-situ. Although it probably did originate from the Jurassic rocks local to Scarborough, there is also a huge amount of glacial material sread over this part of the country containing an assortment of rocks from the north and east, so you can find many surprises on this stretch of coastline.

not a bone
by: Glenn

It's a peace of Bacculite nice

Fossil Bone?
by: Doug


This does look like it could be a bone fragment. I cannot give you a positive ID from the photo. One thing you can do as a test is to check the end. If it is bone you should be able to see the bone structure. It will show as some kind of cellular structure. Another test is to put your tongue on the end. If it feels like it is sucking on your tongue it is probably bone. This happens because bone has small holes all through it and the moisture on your tongue gets pulled into these pores by capillary action.

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