Like a claw fossil or something.


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Oct23-09, 03:45 PM
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Ok, I was wondering if anyone new what this was. My husband, found it a long time ago by his parents house when he was a kid. He always believed it to be some kind of fossil. Like a claw or something.
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Oct23-09, 04:53 PM
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It looks like a cobble. Flat and smooth due to running water. Do you know the lithology?
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Oct23-09, 06:49 PM
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i found it in a swamp about 19 20 years ago.
Park Forest, Illinois used to be nothing but swamp land.
its not cobble though.
also it weighs around 3 pounds

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Oct23-09, 08:20 PM
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Like a claw fossil or something.


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i found it in a swamp about 19 20 years ago.
Park Forest, Illinois used to be nothing but swamp land.
its not cobble though.
also it weighs around 3 pounds
The 3rd picture doesn't look like the first 2, are these two different rocks?
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Oct23-09, 08:23 PM
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The 3rd picture doesn't look like the first 2, are these two different rocks?
Prehistoric Pet Rock?
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Oct23-09, 08:43 PM
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Or possibly some kind of hammerstone used by someone. IMO, it doesn't look like any kind of fossil I've ever seen.
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Oct23-09, 09:26 PM
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Quote Quote by Evo View Post
The 3rd picture doesn't look like the first 2, are these two different rocks?
I believe on the third photo, we are seeing it on edge. To me, it does not resemble a claw. Even in a fossil state claws still look very much like claws.
Most of IL. was a shallow Cyprus swamp, and did have Mastodon and other animals. It could be a bone fragment. In the first photo, the dark area on the bottom left, may be the spongy area inside a bone. A extreme close up of that area would be more telling.
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Oct23-09, 10:03 PM
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It's a precambrian fossilized potato, judging from the first two pictures.

Pic #3 - who knows?
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Oct24-09, 10:38 AM
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all the pictures are of the same rock, potato LOL!!!

can i take it to the field museum, does anybody think they would be able to tell me???
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Oct24-09, 11:32 AM
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Having someone identify it in person will be much easier than over the net. I can't see anything in the pictures that screams 'interesting fossil' though
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Oct24-09, 12:15 PM
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The surface of Illinois is basically ground up soil from the ice age.
Not a good place to find many fossils. A smooth rock found near the surface was probably polished by water over many years.

If this were encased within a sedimentary rock or strata, then it might be something, but it looks like a piece of quartz or marble.


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