Sawn fossil ?

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Before I disappear into the realms of the forgotten, I have a quandary.
I picked up a piece of stone a few weeks ago. Thought hmm that’s looks interesting and stuck it in my pocket.
Found it again a couple of days ago and had a good look at it. I’m convinced it’s a piece of fossilised bone. What’s so odd about it is it looks as if it was sawed through. I didn’t think they had saws that far back. As far as I can find out it takes about 10,000 years fir bone to fossilise.
As best I could I’ve taken some pics and would love to know what others think. Have a look, see what you think.
The was a reference in the link Chris posted on my Equinox advert about flint mfg. around the coast. They mention some flints used as saws !
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Val,
I'm not convinced it's bone as there doesn't look to be any structure to the 'cut' end surface and the outside doesn't look to have a regular longitudinal structure. Does it feel as heavy as a stone of the same size?
You can try the tongue test. The porous nature of some fossil bones will cause it to slightly stick to your tongue if you lick it - but it isn't definitive.
My best guess would be a piece of flint nodule with part of a sponge cast fossil inside. If you want I can post it on a fossil forum but we'll need a sharp picture of the 'cut' surface.

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Hi Chris. I was hoping you might see this.
Right, I’ve touched it to my tongue (ugh) and compared to a flint stone . Definite difference. A feeling of contacting a softer surface than the flint (cold hard)
It feels like a stone and sounds like a stone when dropped onto a hard surface.
Another close up pic. Best I could manage standing on me head !
As an ex-butcher I’m fairly familiar with bones before and after, so to speak. This, I s’pose is why it piqued my interest.
Thanks for help, Hope pic is good enough.

Val

p.s. it is quite weathered.
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I know nowt about these but feel that it is a natural stone where the softer stone has just weathered away. It would be great if it is a fossil though? :thumbsup:
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Little fossils are quite common in Cotswold chippings. I’ve spent any a happy 10mins hunting through them.
This one intrigued me because of the ‘cut’ it doesn't look natural. It looks man made to me. If it is it could be really interesting.
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Ladybird66 wrote: Thu May 06, 2021 12:24 am Little fossils are quite common in Cotswold chippings. I’ve spent any a happy 10mins hunting through them.
This one intrigued me because of the ‘cut’ it doesn't look natural. It looks man made to me. If it is it could be really interesting.
Is this from stone brought in from the Cotswolds? The fossil lot get a bit particular about knowing where items originate - safe to say I know what will happen if I post without a location!
I'm still with a natural but weathered break but always worth an ask.
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Hi Chris yes, Cotswold chippings.

I was also intrigued by the shape, being bulbous, on the rounded end, and the little holes in same area.
They looked suspiciously like the small holes the, is it ligaments ?, go into a joint.
I might be putting 2 & 2 together, unwisely. As they say a little knowledge is dangerous. Let me explain my ‘little knowledge’. Flared up Dec. Viral Arthritis, both shoulders. Little research confirmed NOT the joints but surrounding tissue & ligaments that go into joint. Looking at diagrams they go into small holes inside & around the joint.
As a lay person I admit it’s dangerous to make untrained conclusions. It needs a trained expert eye & knowledge :thumbsup:
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Val, the fossil bods have gone for part of a flint nodule too.
If it was butchered bone you would expect cut marks. My But if they wanted the marrow they would just smash the bone.

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That’s OK Chris. Thanks for getting a second opinion, always worth it when In doubt.
It’s small enough to go in the pebble collection of curios. (Or not !) 🤔

It was the apparent saw marks that piqued my interest. Just an oddity. A bit like me 🙄
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