reply to post by Frankenchrist
I would highly recommend taking it to a professional paleontologist for proper examination.
Consider there could very well be a one of a kind find of important significance, and through your haste and ignorance of what you actually have, you
wind up destroying something priceless.
Further, once the proper people examine this, they can assess whether it holds any value.
A complete T-Rex skeleton will sell for millions for instance. that is, of course with proper papers verifying context, detailing age, where it was
found, and all the little important details that accumulate to verify and validate the significance and value of something so ancient.
Do NOT go breaking this thing open, please.
What if this thing has the very earliest oldest bones of the earliest ever to be discovered mammal or proto-mammal? More than just bones, important
items like pollen, fossilized bacteria, and many other things you wouldn't even think to consider are likely trapped in the matrix of this rock.
Further on finding anything in the field, taking anything out of the field without first proper documenting it in situ, relative to surrounding stata
and such, including other remains that you may have not even noticed or recognized as remains risks decreasing and even nullifying the value and
significance of any find.
Context is very important. disturbing a find is is one of those things that drives serious researchers crazy.
Destroying the contextualization by taking objects out of the field and then, on top of that breaking into pieces is near equivalent to cutting up a
winning lottery ticket just so you can sort the numbers out in sequential order, or breaking up a jewel encrusted faberge egg just to see if there's a
jewel encrusted baby chicken inside.
It's very important that you disturb this piece no further. I can not express and stress that enough.
Please, please, please, whatever you do, do not mess with this piece any more other than taking it to a proper paleontologist which can either be
found at the closest natural history/science museum, or university.
also, look at this - corprolite for sale
that piece is selling for $65.
The bigger and more interesting the poop, the greater the value it's going to have.
and you say this one has bones embedding in it!!!! that's fantastically amazing for corprolite and possibly quite very very significant.
You may have something very valuable there.
Please, one again, take it a proper paleontologist.
edit on 6-4-2012 by nineix because: (no reason given)