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Like a claw fossil or something.

  1. Oct 23, 2009 #1
    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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  3. Oct 23, 2009 #2
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    It looks like a cobble. Flat and smooth due to running water. Do you know the lithology?
  4. Oct 23, 2009 #3
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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
  5. Oct 23, 2009 #4


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    The 3rd picture doesn't look like the first 2, are these two different rocks?
  6. Oct 23, 2009 #5


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    Prehistoric Pet Rock?
  7. Oct 23, 2009 #6
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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.
  8. Oct 23, 2009 #7
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    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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  9. Oct 23, 2009 #8
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    It's a precambrian fossilized potato, judging from the first two pictures.

    Pic #3 - who knows?
  10. Oct 24, 2009 #9
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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???
  11. Oct 24, 2009 #10


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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
  12. Oct 24, 2009 #11


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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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