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Found These In Penn Rock East Of Winfield Ks Any Idea What They Are?


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found these cant find any pics online that look like them but the big on is in almost every hill ive hunted in the curled on is new in all the months ive searched never seen anything like it before can anyone enlighten me to what they are thanks!!!!!!

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havent cleaned em yet except for brushing off the dirt hopiing they are something kewl than ill do the cleaning

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They look like limb casts. A trace fossil created when a piece of wood (branch) is buried, the wood rots away leaving a void. Later other minerals or silt fill in the void leaving a cast of the original piece.

At least that's what they look like to me from the photos.

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What size are they? The last two look like some coral but without knowing a size it's hard to say for certain.

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The curly one looks more like a burrow cast, but they could both be.

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Burrow cast was my first thought as well.

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Definitely burrow casts. I like the one that has the tiny dark burrows in its surface, i.e. burrow in a burrow.

Context is critical.

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the big straight one is about 6-8 inches long the curved one would be about the same if it were straight

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yeah ok they are burrow casts just looked that up and found pics love the curved one might go back out soon hope i fine some more cool stuff ty all

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I concur with the above opinions, and the curved one with smaller dark ones in it caught my eye also. I wouldn't think they would need any cleaning except to brush any dust off with a soft brush, unless you are sure there is definitely caked-on mud or something that will not come up with a soft brush, but it could be risky as detail can easily be washed away from soft matrix/casts.

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