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Fossil with "blood"?

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LaDona

I found this fossil bone a month ago in the Okanogan River area in Eastern Washington State.  I have other photo's, but even following the editing to reduce size of the files it would only let me upload one.

I live in Barrow Alaska and a local geologist took a look at it and stated it is a fossil, and he felt that is a blood layer.

Due to the geologic history of the area, perhaps this bone was transported by the floods from Montana.

This was sitting in the mud and I noticed it thinking at first that it had paint on it, but it is a layer on the "top" of the bone. Unfortunately I am back in Barrow and cannot so search for more where I found this. I would appreciate any help any of you can give me,

 

Thanks!!

top view resized m.jpg

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Kane

Welcome to the forum.

 

Substances such as blood almost never fossilize, except in very rare cases where there might be chemical traces in mosquitoes in amber. I'm not seeing a fossil here, but a weathered nodule with mineral staining. Stay tuned, as others will chime in.

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LaDona

Here is another view of it

edge with blood resized m.jpg

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GeschWhat

I second what Kane said. From the view shown, I would say it is geologic. The red color is likely due to mineral content (such as iron).

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GeschWhat

It is a beautiful stone...and welcome to the forum!

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sixgill pete

I have to agree. To me ( and I am no expert) it appears to be tumbled river nodule or stone with mineral staining.

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LaDona

Well, if it isn't a fossil, that is ok. I am looking forward to the thaw up here to look for mastodon  and other awesome finds here in the Arctic!!!

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GeschWhat
1 hour ago, LaDona said:

Well, if it isn't a fossil, that is ok. I am looking forward to the thaw up here to look for mastodon  and other awesome finds here in the Arctic!!!

Hey...keep an eye out for coprolites. I haven't seen any from Alaska yet! :D

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