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Southern missouri fossil....i think.

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MoRockHunter

So by the James river in Galena Missouri I walked this trail along the riverside and come across an old dried up creek, so I walked up the dry creek to find one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen in person, it looks like it took millions of years for nature to make this place, everywhere the creek makes a turn their is a giant overhang carved out of the side of the stone bluffs.....anyway I found this there and was extremely amazed and have to share it with yall, anyway I think it's a fossil.

Oh yeah I forgot the measuring tape but it's about an inch long.

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Fossildude19

Looks like a cross section of some sort of shell, to me.  :unsure: 

Looks like it is preserved in chert. Neat looking, whatever it is. 

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Peat Burns

It looks like a recent dead fish partially impressed in clay. 

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Fossildude19

Can we get a few more detailed pictures up closer?

Also, please add a ruler or tape measure this time.

Is the "fossil" one inch, or the stone itself? 

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Scylla

Really looks like chert, could a modern fish just get dessicated and stuck on there? Hence the silvery skin. Otherwise that is amazing soft tissue preservation!

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Rockwood

Looks like it came straight out of a sardine can. If it is rock it's either fantastic, or a fantastic simulation. 

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westcoast

It really looks like it is in the rock but it also really looks too good to be true..some slightly sharper images would help. :popcorn:

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MoRockHunter

Alright so I got a little thing like a jeweler uses to zoom in on it and It does look like a fish that died recently and went back to the place after a good rain and their was a stream of water about 100 yards or so long, it dries up about 20 or so yards before it reaches the river so I'm sure a fish probably swam up the creek awhile back when we had alot of rain......ill add some pics though and see what y'all think.

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MoRockHunter

I think this place is amazing though and I may find artifacts and fossils during future visits, check out these pics of this beautiful land.

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Rockwood

Have you tried soaking it in water ? Seems as if that would separate the fish from the fossil.

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Scylla
1 hour ago, Rockwood said:

Have you tried soaking it in water ? Seems as if that would separate the fish from the fossil.

That would work, or just sniff it:default_faint:

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Peat Burns
3 hours ago, Scylla said:

That would work, or just sniff it:default_faint:

:heartylaugh:

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Ramo

This looks like a legitimate fish fossil to me.  I think you need to take this to someone in your area that is knowledge about local fossils and have them look at it.  This might be something very special!

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