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    surface find----gastropod fossil with decorative carving

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    Welcome. Part of it resembles a gastropod, not so sure it is. The flat part with lines...resembles nothing. Pic of other side?
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    Not an artifact in my opinion.
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    Since it was on top of the ground, it could be something modern?
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    I am new on website . Having a little trouble with inserting pics. the other side of the fossil is the same but some of the bone like material is broken off but you can see a little of the engraving.
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    It was buried originally. I was doing some digging nearby. After a few days and a rainfall, It was in plain view.
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    Cool and weird whatever it is, I like it.
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    Cool weird is right. Try to flip it around and get a few more pics.
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    It looks a lot like resin. Could it be a modern cast of the inside of a shell? Heat a needle red hot and touch it to the piece. If it melts into the piece, it's probably resin. If it's stone, the needle shouldn't hurt it.
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    I now think it could be some sort of bone/ skull fragment with antler or horn growth base? Click image for larger version. 

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    another pic Piece is 2 nches long

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    Weird find. Hope you have luck identifying. I would do what the other person suggested with the hot needle and seeing if that does anything to it. The pourous nature of the piece does resemble bone. The lines that appear to be etched into it are odd and I have no insight as to what is happening there.

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    May be wrong here, but it looks like resin to me too. The lines in what looks like a moth or butterfly wing look like they were scribed in the still soft material before curing or maybe in the model the mold was made from. Weird piece for sure.
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    Interesting looks like a decorative recent type of thing maybe got broke
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    It's not clear from the pictures whether it is actually a continuous spiral as you would find in a 'snail-like' gastropod shell or a series of cushion-like structures butted together in the manner of a tiered wedding cake. The answer is important in determining what it might be. The close-up structure most resembles a coralline sponge and that could certainly grow in 'tiered wedding cake' fashion.

    For sure it isn't an artefact and I don't think there is any man-made 'carving' on it. There are a number of organisms which can leave feeding traces that look like carved lines in limestone/carbonate-type reef fossils and I would suspect that's what the marks on the 'bottom' are.
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