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Fossil Or Not?


tlatoanitzin

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There is a bed of this rock in a mountain, I took off a chunk of it with my hand and carried home, when staying in home I took the rock and separated with my hands in halves very easily, then I observed that it had this kind of biological features or what it seemed to me, in both halves. The first I thought it was some kind of root that was got into the rock, but then I remembered that the chunk was shut. I noted that it had two layers of this material, one different to the other, I ended up destroying one layer, in order to photograph the one with more remarkable features. I would like to know if the biological features are present because the chunk of rock is a fossil or if it is just a mineral.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/51986587@N04/sets/72157632716535471/

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I think the root mat is modern, grown into the weak plane between the layers.

If I could enlarge the picture for details, I might be able to either retract or confirm my initial impression. :)

"There has been an alarming increase in the number of things I know nothing about." - Ashleigh Ellwood Brilliant

“Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.” - Thomas Henry Huxley

>Paleontology is an evolving science.

>May your wonders never cease!

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I don't think I see any fossils here, but the net-like pattern is interesting. Which mountain? The local geology will be a big help in deciding if it could be a fossil or not.

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Flicker doesn't display large pictures by default, you must click over the picture, click open in new window, click over the picture again, then in the upper right-most corner click more sizes and click over the larger one, and it will display one like this, 0802201311931 it is tedious, I know. I found it in the same place where I had found one brachiopod stone. It is a granitoid mountain with semi arid weather, very close to San Diego, California. In the region grows certain types of shrubs so I don't dismiss the modern root hypothesis.

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