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BentonlWalters

Hello Everyone,

 

I found this eroded partial nodule while on a fossil hunt at Runswick Bay last year. I think it contains part of a fish but I'm not sure of the type. I've had a look at some other Yorkshire fish material, primarily Gyrosteus, but haven't seen anything like it yet. Most of the Gyrosteus material seems to be much bigger then whats in this block. 

 

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I was wondering if anyone could help me identify what it is, I think I have sections of fin as well as possibly a cluster of ribs eroding out of the block. I've also included an annotated image of the front and back since the material is very difficult to pick out in pictures. I'm sure I have missed a few bits but I drew in everything I can see.  Also, is there any way to prep this sort of material? The block is full of calcite veining so I assume manual preparation is near impossible, certainly well beyond my beginner abilities. 

 

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Any and all information you can give me is greatly appreciated.

 

Thank you,

Benton

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fossils-uk

looks like fossil wood from this photo. try posting an image when wet.

or when we are able to and when I am back open bring it down to the shop in whitby and I can identify it properly for you. 

cheers byron 

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Wood or bone was my first impression - not seeing fish. 

 

More detailed photos and a different background might help to narrow down what you have. 

 

Cropped, enlarged and contrasted: 

 

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41 minutes ago, fossils-uk said:

looks like fossil wood from this photo. try posting an image when wet.

or when we are able to and when I am back open bring it down to the shop in whitby and I can identify it properly for you. 

cheers byron 

I've taken a few closer up with the stone dampened. Even then its tricky to make out. The third picture is from the reverse of the slab where whatever is in it appears with slightly better contrast.

 

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Thanks,

Benton

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fossils-uk

still can't see it. certainly looks fish like but which fish we will never know as its not all there. 

 

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