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    Mystery from the woods???

    Have a mystery. Yesterday we were walking a fairly isolated rocky, hilly, heavily wooded section looking for a heifer due to calf. Brother found the larger rock showed it to me, both us
    wondering what could have caused the pattern in it. Almost looked like metal screen had been laid on it, but would not account for holes in rock and rock was solid. Little while latter
    walking up a steep incline nearby I found the smaller rock with same pattern. No man cause explanation for the patterns, pretty far back into the rocky wooded area.

    BTW we did find the heifer and her and new calf were OK.
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    It looks like a steel grid is still attached to the smaller one.

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    That does appear to me be fossilized expanded metal.

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    Buck, there were a lot of WPA projects up in your neck of the woods, might be some leftovers form one of those.
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    My brother who knows his metal first thought the same (expanded metal), but more he looked at it and the indentations he pretty much ruled it out.
    Next thought some kind of fossilized animal scale. Started searching --

    I think I have found it -- never thought plant fossil, but believe it is fossil of a
    scale tree - 250-350 million years ago. See pictures on bottom of article.

    -https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lepidodendron
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    There would be one way to find out for sure, and that is to get some laboratory analysis done. A local university may be able to assist.

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    could mean $$$LOTS$$$ I would have it looked at by a fossil expert...
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    Quote Originally Posted by moya034 View Post
    There would be one way to find out for sure, and that is to get some laboratory analysis done. A local university may be able to assist.
    Youngest son Senior at U.A. down the road. I will ask him if he could check and see if any experts over there might look at them. I think I am right on fossils, but never
    know. Even if fossils I don't think they will have any big value, more for curiosity sake.
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    I keep looking at that very first pic and find it interesting how rectangular it is. Whether it is a fossil, or possibly man made and an anthropological artificat, I'm intrigued. The fact that is found on the surface and not buried, and pieces found along a hill, leads me to believe man made.

    expanded-metal-lathing.jpg

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    It will be really neat if it is an unusual fossil. The university shouldn't have a problem identifying it. Then the job becomes keeping people off your land.

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