Holey Stones (and snakeskin fossil?)

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Holey Stones (and snakeskin fossil?)

Post by Ladybird66 » Fri May 24, 2019 9:47 am

Spotted this little stone this morning in my garden path and thought ‘that’s interesting’ and it reminded me that I’ve seen a few discussions about holes being made naturally in stones.
A good example and, I think, proof that it does happen.

Apologies for the method of display, just handy and a really good example of how much fat is in our food. The fat in the bowel came out of 4 sausages & 4 half rashers of bacon after grilling. 🥴
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Re: Holley Stones

Post by cantona1 » Fri May 24, 2019 7:57 pm

You're right Ladybird, it would definitely have ended up in your bowel B-)

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Re: Holley Stones

Post by Zyrbalax » Fri May 24, 2019 9:14 pm

Although it’s not the fat in our diets that’s the problem, it’s the refined carbs.

All the same, my daughters (10 and 7) delight in finding holy stones like this - beaches, gravel drives, always on their hands and knees looking... x;

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Re: Holley Stones

Post by Ladybird66 » Sat May 25, 2019 4:27 am

Not the first time I’ve got my vowels in the wrong place =P~

Got Cotswold chippings on the path. Could spend hours going through them for interesting stuff. You know what they say, little things and all that ::g

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Re: Holley Stones

Post by thefiggis » Sat May 25, 2019 6:31 am

To add to the collection of holly and holy, I'm going for "holey", though will abstain from any discussion on bowels for the moment, thanks all the same. =))

Ladybird, you are not alone. I've spent many a happy hour idly scanning stone/gravel in search of the unusual and have managed to find a fair few fossils and other interesting stuff.

Loving the use of fat for display purposes and of course when you're finished you can build a sandwich out of it ::g
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Post by lonecoiler » Sat May 25, 2019 8:08 am

By eck. Those were the days, bread and dripping with lashings of salt! How did we survive? :;@
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Re: Holley Stones

Post by Ladybird66 » Sat May 25, 2019 9:33 am

thefiggis wrote:
Sat May 25, 2019 6:31 am
To add to the collection of holly and holy, I'm going for "holey", though will abstain from any discussion on bowels for the moment, thanks all the same. =))

Ladybird, you are not alone. I've spent many a happy hour idly scanning stone/gravel in search of the unusual and have managed to find a fair few fossils and other interesting stuff.

Loving the use of fat for display purposes and of course when you're finished you can build a sandwich out of it ::g

That’s the one, holey. My iPad just didn’t like any version I wanted, guessed two ‘L’s was wrong.

How about this one ? I’ve kept it for years. I fancied it was fossilised cloth. What do you think ?
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Re: Holley Stones

Post by Oxgirl36 » Sat May 25, 2019 2:07 pm

Ladybird66 wrote:
Sat May 25, 2019 9:33 am


How about this one ? I’ve kept it for years. I fancied it was fossilised cloth. What do you think ?
It looks like scaley skin - think snake or lizard or other such extinct species - cool B-)
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Re: Holley Stones

Post by Ladybird66 » Sat May 25, 2019 8:38 pm

Good idea that Cath. Never thought of an animal skin. Maybe a small lizard ::g

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Re: Holley Stones

Post by Saffron » Sun May 26, 2019 7:39 pm

Oxgirl36 wrote:
Sat May 25, 2019 2:07 pm
Ladybird66 wrote:
Sat May 25, 2019 9:33 am


How about this one ? I’ve kept it for years. I fancied it was fossilised cloth. What do you think ?
It looks like scaley skin - think snake or lizard or other such extinct species - cool B-)
I agree with Cath.

Fossils remains of snakes and lizards have been around for millions of years. While in the geologic time scale humans have only made woven cloth for a few minutes.
So this makes it rather neat. ::g

Can I suggest that you put a link to it from the "Fossil Hunting" sub forum ... or add "snake skin fosil" to the subject and get a friendly mod to move the whole thread there. (as some users do not read the "General Chat" forum and it does nto show on the home page.

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Re: Holey Stones (and snakeskin fossil?)

Post by Koala » Mon May 27, 2019 1:34 am

fossilised coral thats badly worn down. https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=fossi ... ay4jd1v55M:

the beach to the left of Rhos on Sea has plenty in a similar condition

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Re: Holey Stones (and snakeskin fossil?)

Post by Koala » Mon May 27, 2019 1:37 am

the stone with the hole is probable fossil of a kind. likely a tree root or bone thats rotted away leaving a hole

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Re: Holey Stones (and snakeskin fossil?)

Post by Ladybird66 » Mon May 27, 2019 2:09 am

Thanks to whoever moved my post (and corrected the typo) but I see my vowels are still wrong ! rl;

Still, even though it was wrong, it was right :D take it as a warning all you bacon and sausage lovers. From bowel to pot belly if you fry ::g

Love the idea I’ve been harbouring a snake/lizard skin fossil. It certainly makes more sense than cloth. Thanks Cath :D

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Re: Holey Stones (and snakeskin fossil?)

Post by Spearhead » Mon May 27, 2019 8:21 am

Koala wrote:
Mon May 27, 2019 1:34 am
fossilised coral thats badly worn down. https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=fossi ... ay4jd1v55M:

the beach to the left of Rhos on Sea has plenty in a similar condition
I agree with Koala, its Coral.

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Re: Holey Stones (and snakeskin fossil?)

Post by poly » Mon May 27, 2019 12:49 pm

Re Holey Stones as others have said they are indeed very common, certainly on beaches and in flints especially where they can be found in some numbers.

A bit of nineteenth century folklore - Holed flints found on the beaches on the south coast where commonly hung up outside peoples homes to bring good luck. Other people believed if that you first spit through the hole and then threw the stone over your left shoulder that would also bring you good luck.

Ooops- Holey Stones are also commonly called 'Adder Stones' . Google this term if you want to find out more about their folklore.
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Re: Holey Stones (and snakeskin fossil?)

Post by poly » Mon May 27, 2019 12:52 pm

Re the snakeskin fossil - love the idea and interpretation but the specimen looks man made- kiln fired brick ? It certainly does not look like a worn coral either. However a close up photo might help.
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Re: Holey Stones (and snakeskin fossil?)

Post by poly » Mon May 27, 2019 1:50 pm

Thinking of snakeskin fossils, below is an actual poster advertising the display of a giant fossil serpent in Neath Town Hall in 1851. The specimen was actually the fossilised bark of a Carboniferous coal measure tree commonly referred to as Lepidodendron.
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