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Is this a stromatolite? Or an indian tool?

 

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Kane

Welcome to the Forum. :) 

 

Unfortunately, I'm not seeing either. You may wish to indicate where it was found and provide a standard measurement such as a ruler or tape measure given that hand sizes vary widely. 

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I don't believe any portion of Florida (including the panhandle) is old enough to contain stromatolite fossils. There are quite a number of Native American artifacts in northern Florida but those tend to be either pottery shards or knapped chert used as scrapers, blades, or projectile points. You item above (though it fits comfortably in the hand) shows know signs of being fashioned for use and a sedimentary rock would not be strong enough nor sharp enough to be of much use as a tool (even for pounding).

 

Native American artifacts are currently illegal to collect from public property--but oddly completely legal if collected from private property (with permission). Northern Florida (and indeed all of Florida) is home to a nice diversity of fossil material (Eocene through the Pleistocene). Some searches on this forum or a visit to the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville can provide a great start to understanding Florida's fossil heritage.

 

Welcome to the forum. If you are interested in fossils, you live in a great state to hunt for them.

 

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

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