Jump to content

Clam shell possibly.... only found half


Becky Benfer

Recommended Posts

Not a clam, but is a fossil.

Can We know where it was found?

How big it is?

Link to post
Share on other sites
Fossildude19

Where was this found? (State, county?)

Link to post
Share on other sites

Shark coprolite?

Link to post
Share on other sites
Fossildude19

Let's get a location of the find, and start there. ;) 

 

Link to post
Share on other sites

Ooooooohhhh, I love a mystery!

Link to post
Share on other sites
1 minute ago, Becky Benfer said:

I live in central Ohio. Found it in a river near my home.

From that area I would go with a deformed orthocone nautilus.

  • I found this Informative 2
Link to post
Share on other sites
2 minutes ago, Becky Benfer said:

In simple terms is that a clam shell?? 

No it's a cephalopod that's been deformed, here's what they looked like in life

IMG_1798.JPG

  • I found this Informative 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
Fossildude19

I'm not convinced that it's an orthocone cephalopod. 


There is no real definition or equal spacing of septal walls. :unsure: 

 

Also, it depends on where in central Ohio it was found, as to the correct age. 

 

 

OHgeoMap3.jpg

 

 

My gut instinct on this one is an infilled burrow cast. :unsure: 

 

 

 

  • I found this Informative 3
Link to post
Share on other sites
Becky Benfer

Awwwww seriously??? I found it in Huron county. About in the middle of the county.

Link to post
Share on other sites
WhodamanHD
1 minute ago, Becky Benfer said:

Awwwww seriously??? I found it in Huron county. About in the middle of the county.

That works for time period, but dosent rule out burrow either.

Link to post
Share on other sites
WhodamanHD

A burrow of an animal, probably invertebrate, is filled with sediment and fossilized that way. It's a trace fossil rather than an actual animal fossil.

The stone around the burrow is eroded away, if that is indeed what it is

Link to post
Share on other sites
abyssunder

It looks like a geological wonder to me, not a fossil or trace fossil, in other words a pseudofossil, a sedimentary structure with some iron content.

  • I found this Informative 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
abyssunder

Maybe the cross-hatching lines might be the starting point in the concept, similar to the example from here (cross bedding), but at a lower scale.

 

image028.jpg.9a91eee52370a80400b3f6adfb76caa5.jpg

Link to post
Share on other sites
Becky Benfer

I don't know if I see the resemblance but you guys are the experts that's why I'm asking for your help! To me it looks like old wrinkled up skin. Haha! Thanks again to all! Much appreciate all your information!

Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey don't let them kill your joy! I agree it isn't a clam, and although at first glance I also thought it could be a nautiloid, that may not be the case. But it does look like a good candidate for ichno (AKA trace) fossil of some sort. The rocks in your area are good for a variety of stuff.

 

And here is something to think about: trace fossils are a record of behavior and thus in many ways a record of actual "life" as opposed to bones and shells of things now dead.

 

Hang on to it as any fossil that stumps this forum is a keeper!

 

Maybe take it to one of the museums in Cleveland or Columbus for a better ID. The folks in Cinci may be interested as well.

Link to post
Share on other sites
Becky Benfer

Thank you so much! I'm just learning but I love to hunt fossils and Indian artifacts. I have a room full of way too many things I'm unsure of. You're suggestion to have it seen by someone close to home is great! I'm always open for any and all helpful information! Thanks again!

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...