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gen

Hi all,

 

I found some interesting specimens from the Isle of Sheppey. Any ideas about what they could be? Probably around 50 million years old, Eocene. From the London Clay.

 

My guesses are:

Top: Initially thought it was a fish fang, but I'm starting to doubt it because the "tooth" seems to be the same material as the "jaw".

Middle: Squalodon tooth?

Bottom: A small animal's ulna?

 

Thanks in advance.

 

Jay

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fifbrindacier

Hi, can you show us the ends of them ? In the ulnaish one, can you see little holes or none ?

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gen

Sure thing, here are some pictures of the ends. I excluded the middle tooth because it is pointed at both ends. 

 

There are no holes in the ulna-ish one. The cross section is a bit bumpy though. Quite difficult to snap a good picture of since it is so small.

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hemipristis
5 hours ago, gen said:

Hi all,

 

I found some interesting specimens from the Isle of Sheppey. Any ideas about what they could be? Probably around 50 million years old, Eocene. From the London Clay.

 

My guesses are:

Top: Initially thought it was a fish fang, but I'm starting to doubt it because the "tooth" seems to be the same material as the "jaw".

Middle: Squalodon tooth?

Bottom: A small animal's ulna?

 

Thanks in advance.

 

Jay

WhatsApp Image 2019-05-28 at 16.56.18.jpeg

WhatsApp Image 2019-05-28 at 17.00.09.jpeg

WhatsApp Image 2019-05-28 at 17.06.32.jpeg

WhatsApp Image 2019-05-28 at 17.08.23.jpeg

Top one Enchodus 'fang' perhaps?

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ynot

They look like pieces of wood to me.

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Randyw

+1 look like nice little twigs. If you blow up the pictures you can see grain patterns. If fossilized I’d put them in my wood collection

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On 28/05/2019 at 5:02 PM, gen said:

Hi all,

 

I found some interesting specimens from the Isle of Sheppey. Any ideas about what they could be? Probably around 50 million years old, Eocene. From the London Clay.

 

My guesses are:

Top: Initially thought it was a fish fang, but I'm starting to doubt it because the "tooth" seems to be the same material as the "jaw".

Middle: Squalodon tooth?

Bottom: A small animal's ulna?

 

Thanks in advance.

 

Jay

WhatsApp Image 2019-05-28 at 16.56.18.jpeg

WhatsApp Image 2019-05-28 at 17.00.09.jpeg

WhatsApp Image 2019-05-28 at 17.06.32.jpeg

WhatsApp Image 2019-05-28 at 17.08.23.jpeg

Sorry to be the bearer of 'bad' news but these are all pieces of pyritised wood. I have been hunting on Sheppey most of my life and come across wood like this each and every time I hit the beach. 

Fyi, it seems squalodon was around much more recently than the geology at Sheppey. Somewhere in the region of 33-14 myo. The london clay on Sheppey dates to between 48 and 52myo.

I hope this helps. :-)

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