Saturday, 12 March 2011

Fossil Find

On a recent trip out to the woods, the boys and i were digging around the root ball of a fallen tree, just to see what we could find, so what did we find?, well we found the object in the picture.

We had no idea what it was, at first i thought it was just an odd shaped flint nodule, but upon further investigation we saw a honeycomb like structure on the inside and a "fissure" where the narrow part meets the wider part, so ever hopeful, we thought it might possibly be a fossilised bone, wanting to find out for sure, eldest took it to school and asked one of his teachers (Geology & Archeology) if she knew what it was?.

When he got home he told me that i would be disappointed as it wasn't a bone, but it was a fossil and that it was in fact fossilised Coral, was i disappointed, no, not in the slightest, i think that's even more incredible than a bone to be honest, here we are playing in the woods on the side of a chalk hillside and finding a fossil of an entire community of small creatures that existed in this very spot tens of millions of years ago when it was a  shallow tropical sea, now that is incredible.

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