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Could Be An Egg.......

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mickiver

Found this years ago while putting down sod in a yard in Eastern South Dakota. It didn't look like any of the other rocks in the area. I think it might be an egg. Any thoughts?

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Indy

Not an egg ... It looks metallic

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mickiver

Definitely not metal. It weighs about the same as a AA battery.

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Roz

I agree that it not an egg but what it is, I do not know! It looks likes those images were taken with the flash on?

I see a glare. In your third photo could you take a sharp pic of just that area (the brownish looking part?) It

looks a bit different than the rest but I just can't tell from your pics..

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mickiver

It is hard to see anything without the flash on.

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Roz

I am afraid I just can't tell.. Thanks for taking more pics. Do you have a magnifying glass?

Can you see anything? In your second (original post) pic I can see what look like

lighter area running through part of it..

The only other suggestion I can think of is to take some shots outside in natural light..

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Dave (POM) Allen

maybe a fossil pearl .just a thought. :zzzzscratchchin:

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MikeDOTB

Not an egg. Are you sure it's not metallic? Have you found any other fossils/artifacts in your yard? At first glance to me it looked like a musket ball. Lol

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Doctor Mud

Also thought maybe a musket ball. Have you tried a magnet to see if it is magnetic?

If it is an egg this would be an internal mold perhaps since I can see any evidence for shell (the small broken piece doesn't reveal a shell)

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Indy

I suggest the artifact is man-made

and not a fossil.

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Rob Russell

Was the area ever covered by glaciers?

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Roz

maybe a fossil pearl .just a thought. :zzzzscratchchin:

There are some posted on Oceans of Kansas site..

Just scroll down a bit. Interesting. I have only seen a few

here on the forum.

http://www.oceansofkansas.com/fieldguide5.html

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toren

Maybe a gizzard stone??? if there was smiley that shrugged its shoulder i would of used it ...lol..

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MikeDOTB

Does resemble one of the examples from the pictures on the website.

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jpc

certainly not an egg. Eggshell has characteristic texture that this thing lacks.

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mickiver

To catch up with answers:

I don't see any change of color running through it. The pictures I've posted are as good as I can get.

There was glacial activity in Easter South Dakota, several actually.

It is mineral, not metal. I didn't find anything else at the time. It being pitch black made it stand out.

When I found it, it had a small amount of calcium "slag" on it that I removed. It made me think it had to be very old, and in a wet environment at some point.

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DLB

Possibly a pearl fossil.

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Auspex

It would be an awfully big pearl...

If it is a naturally occurring object, I do not know what it might be. It would be nice to determine what it is made of; if rubbed on a piece of unglazed porcelain, what color streak does it leave? Can it be scratched by a copper penny? By a knife?

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mickiver

Assuming it is an awfully big fossil pearl, is there a fossil pearl expert in the United States? Is there a way to certify that it is or is not a fossil pearl?

I've considered that it could have been an indian marble, however, the calcium "slag" that I removed makes me think it woud probably pre-date any known human habitation in the area. It would have been a poorly made marble at that, compared to what I've seen on the internet.

The attached photo is an example of fossil pearls from the web site http://fossil.pearl.4t.com/ingles.html.

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Indy

I still suggest its man-made

Another possibility is man-made milling balls for

crushing rock and or other media mechanically.

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Herb

Looks like a lead "Minnie ball" to me. Can you cut into it with a knife?

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mickiver

Again, it is not metal. I can't cut it with a knife, by hand anyway.

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Indy

Well ... one thing is for sure

It's not an obvious fossil.

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Herb

tecktite?? fossil hail stone? :popcorn:

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Batty

Don't know if trees from that area had round nut type seed pods like over here but it's a thought.

Maybe palm tree seed?? Or jacaranda type??

Also apparently pearls dissolve in vinegar, don't know about fossil ones though.

Been tempted to try it with one from a broken braclet lol.

Edit: just tried the pearl/ vinegar experiment and got bubbles, it would take a while but it would work.

Please don't try with fossilized pearls or your wives.

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