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MamaByrd

I was hoping someone could help me identify this. My 6 year old found it in our backyard in Amarillo, Tx and he’s convinced he’s found something special. I have no idea if it’s anything at all, but I promised I would try to find out. For size reference, it’s about 2 inches long and 2 inches at its widest point. Thank you for your help! 

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MamaByrd

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JohnBrewer

I think it’s geological but it’s s beautiful piece! @ynot

 

welcome to the forum :)

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MeargleSchmeargl

I'm not seeing anything particularly bone-like. I am curious about this:

 

1 hour ago, MamaByrd said:

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Can you get some more quality photos of this? 

 

 

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Rockwood

Sorry but it looks like humanite to me. A fragment of concrete from a surface that had previously been repaired, or leveled.

Future archaeologist ? :) 

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ynot

Not really sure what this is, pictures are to blurry.

Can You retake a couple of pictures?

One straight on to the surface and close ups of the areas circled in red.

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Thank You.

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MamaByrd

Thanks for the quick replies! He’s got big plans to be an archeologist someday and is currently calling this “his greatest find.” Lol. I’m sorry about the pics. I tried to take a few more. Hopefully they’ll help. E321A2DE-F210-4CF3-AC1C-3CB1130D0088.thumb.jpeg.b69fe94e5f64c18edc9f43818952ee02.jpeg

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Rockwood

I still lean toward humanite, but no where near as heavily.

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ynot

Thank You for the better pictures.

Still need to see some good shots of the edges.

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Scylla

I think I see bubbles on the fractured edges. Ceramic or resin? Try to see if a hot needle melts it.

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Rockwood
2 hours ago, Scylla said:

I think I see bubbles on the fractured edges. Ceramic or resin? Try to see if a hot needle melts it.

Concrete repair products often contain polymers (?) to help with adhesion.  Latex is added to improve weather resistance.

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MamaByrd

You all have been so helpful. Thank you so much! I took a few more pictures. Hopefully they are what you’re looking for. I tried to zoom in on the bumped up bits, but I’m shooting with an iPhone and all of my pics end up super blurry. :/ 

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MamaByrd

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MamaByrd

I’m also trying the hot needle trick now. I’ll update in just a few. Thank you!

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Rockwood

:shrug:

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MamaByrd

We tried melting the spots with a hot needle, and they did not melt. They did burn a bit. One was able to sink in a little bit and my husband scraped away at that spot. It flaked off a little bit. That’s about it though. My son however thought this was the coolest experiment, so thanks for making his day! 

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ynot

I think it is an odd sedimentary rock with no fossils.

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Rockwood
3 minutes ago, ynot said:

I think it is an odd sedimentary rock with no fossils.

Maybe not so odd ? Try this on.

The terraced layers with a porous texture are the underlying sediments. The other smoother textured side represents a relatively impermeable layer on top. The slumping and 'puckered carpet' look is from the eventual dewatering of the porous layers and settling related to it. .

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1 hour ago, Rockwood said:

Maybe not so odd ? Try this on.

The terraced layers with a porous texture are the underlying sediments. The other smoother textured side represents a relatively impermeable layer on top. The slumping and 'puckered carpet' look is from the eventual dewatering of the porous layers and settling related to it. .

Sounds pretty odd to Me!:P

 

Actually, that is as good an explanation as any other.:D

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Rockwood
17 minutes ago, ynot said:

Sounds pretty odd to Me!

The concept is from an explanation I picked up at the museum in Blue Bay Nova Scotia. The slumped, wrinkled look is common there. 

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MamaByrd

What a neat concept! Thank you for taking the time to help us out! My little guy is still holding out hope that it’s a sedimentary rock from the Dino age, but he’s quite happy that he really did find something special. Here’s the little treasure hunter himself. :) Thanks again! 

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Rockwood

:dinothumb: :fistbump:

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