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    Feb 2005
    On the big Muskegon River in W. Michigan
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    Fossil, Ancient tool...or just a rock? Opinions please

    Found this along the Muskegon river in Michigan. It stuck out like a sore thumb among the other stone, so I picked it up but I have no idea if it has any significance or not. Any and all opinions are welcome. It is of a granite-like material measuring 3.75 x 3.25 x 2 inches thick. You can see a distinct ridge with a dark line bisecting it. It almost has a sharks tooth look to it. JG
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    Research Guru

    Jan 2005
    Tampa, Florida
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    Re: Fossil, Ancient tool...or just a rock? Opinions please

    it's an interesting piece, looks more fossil than tool, but it's hard to really tell from the pics. It is a very cool rock though! HH omnicognic 8)
    "Wisdom comes not from knowing everything, but  knowing from whom to ask!"

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    Mar 2005
    Orlando, FL
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    Re: Fossil, Ancient tool...or just a rock? Opinions please

    Some type of dinosaur tooth? Cool find.

    vicki

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    Feb 2004
    Colorado
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    Re: Fossil, Ancient tool...or just a rock? Opinions please

    Just a rock. It looks that way because of the weathering pattern. The bottom is an igneous or metamorphic rock which has a white quartz zone on the top. Usually you see these very resistance veins of white quartz which has intruded this rock. The white quartz top is harder than the lower rock and is not as weathered as much.

    George

  5. #5
    us
    Feb 2005
    On the big Muskegon River in W. Michigan
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    Re: Fossil, Ancient tool...or just a rock? Opinions please

    Thanks George, your explanation seems logical and the surface has a more weathered than smooth texture.

    If it was a dinosaur tooth, I wouldn't like to meet up with the critter it was attached to!

    If you're interested, here's a piece of petrified wood that I found at the same location on the same day. It's about 5.5 inches long. JG
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    Feb 2004
    Colorado
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    Re: Fossil, Ancient tool...or just a rock? Opinions please

    JG
    Now thats a good looking piece of petrified wood. Anytime you get good color like that- they are just great specimens.

    George

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    Apr 2005
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    Re: Fossil, Ancient tool...or just a rock? Opinions please

    Just a rock.

  8. #8

    May 2005
    Tulsa, OK
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    Re: Fossil, Ancient tool...or just a rock? Opinions please

    Very nice petrified wood specimen. Is the "charred" part just discolored or is it really carbonized?

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    Ace250man

    Jul 2004
    Shelbyville or any yard where the owner will let me detect!
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    Re: Fossil, Ancient tool...or just a rock? Opinions please

    still a cool looking " rock "... keep on digging !!!!
    ALLEN

  10. #10
    Chemically Unbalanced

    Aug 2005
    Quad Cities Illinois
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    Re: Fossil, Ancient tool...or just a rock? Opinions please

    Unfortunately, The experts have overlooked something,
    The piece looks like a early hand axe, More than likely used by the
    Ottawa or Chippewa tribes,They fished and lived on that river,
    Close to Big Rapids.While attending Ferris State in Big Rapids,
    We had field study on the banks and have found and documented
    the very same type of artifact.Amoung many, many others
    And then again it could just be a rock. :P
    Regard's
    Eddie
    Semper-Fi

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    Tesoro Cibola

    Jul 2005
    Massachusetts
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    Re: Fossil, Ancient tool...or just a rock? Opinions please

    Nice Finds!!

  12. #12
    Kentucky Kache

    Re: Fossil, Ancient tool...or just a rock? Opinions please

    I'm no expert, but it looks pretty interesting to me.

  13. #13

    Oct 2005
    Central Minnesota
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    Re: Fossil, Ancient tool...or just a rock? Opinions please

    I'd say it's a Leaveright..........Lleave er right where you found......er.....

    Looks like granite with a band of another tougher more dense material through it.
    I saw one this weekend that resembled a big Acorn.


    Although it really could be what some term as a Sex stone: "Just another F@$%&N Rock"

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