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    Found this today. Pretty interesting.

  • #2
    If it is still bone it is petrified. If it is now stone it is fossilized.
    Bruce
    In life there are losers and finders. Which one are you?

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    • #3
      Is it light weight or heavy for its size?
      Child of the tides

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      • #4
        It’s heavier than bone would be.

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        • #5
          It's both nice find
          Look to the ground for it holds the past!

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          • #6
            Not much difference a bone can be petrified and yes it is fossil
            Look to the ground for it holds the past!

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            • #7
              Bone becomes fossilized as it is buried within a substrate & absorbs the various minerals encasing it. That absorption not only preserves it but adds weight & can change its original color. An example of color change is a shark tooth. Shark teeth are white but when fossilized can be black, blue or gray, depending on the minerals it absorbed.
              Child of the tides

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              • #8
                Nick...the doctors have spoken my friend. You have a piece of bone that has been given a custom paint job by Mother Nature. The greatest artist ever...hands down...cool find dude...a keeper for sure...
                The chase is better than the catch...
                From the flatlands of N'Eastern Illinois...

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by BabaORiley View Post
                  Nick...the doctors have spoken my friend. You have a piece of bone that has been given a custom paint job by Mother Nature. The greatest artist ever...hands down...cool find dude...a keeper for sure...
                  Terminology of preservation can be described as either. (Petrified such as petrified wood.)
                  Rarely does anyone refer to fossilized wood as fossilized wood, yet it truly is fossilized.
                  The natural act of perminealization is the actual terminology used to described fossilization.

                  Now for a kitchen style "test", burn a small area with a cig lighter. If it creates a stinch such as burning hair it is a preserverd bone.
                  If it does not produce the stinch it is most likely fossilized.
                  It is a "Rock" when it's on the ground.
                  It is a "Specimen" when picked up and taken home.

                  ​Jessy B.
                  Circa:1982

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