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Old 06-29-2013, 08:31 PM
 
Location: In chilly Omaha (suburb) NE
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My son found this item recently in my apartment complex. It clearly does not come from the surround based on soil consistency; someone clearly transported this to the site. Having said this, it looks like a perfect stone rendering of a snail, which is why I made the title the same name. Can anyone tell me if they have seen similar and where I can have this object appraised to determine what it is?
If you have such information please DM me as well as post it in the forum.
Thanks!
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Old 06-29-2013, 09:31 PM
 
Location: Under the Redwoods
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It does not look like a snail to me. The spiral shape is a common structure in the natural world.
The images are a bit fuzzy too so it is hard to see any detail. Now it does seem that it is possibly some kind of fossil of an organism of some kind. However, minerals and certain conditions can create some rather amazing looking things that are totally mineral in origin.

To find out what it is, look for your local 'rock hound' geology/mineral club. Or go to a gem and mineral show, most significant sized towns, and for sure cities, will have one or two through the year. Also, if you are close to a museum of natural history/science, you could take it there and have someone look at it.
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Old 06-30-2013, 05:06 AM
 
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It doesn't look like a snail to me either.
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Old 06-30-2013, 06:16 AM
 
Location: In chilly Omaha (suburb) NE
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I appreciate the insights. I need to find a place like that locally - gem/mineral show or a museum of natural science. Thanks!
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Old 07-02-2013, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Research Nautilus. You can find these on the north side of San Antonio. Get to around San Saba and they are on the ground by the trillions or more. This area at one time was under the sea and finding shells is common here. These are prehistoric in nature but are one of the most common fossils there is. FWIW, the area south of San Antonio has also turned up a few mammoths and other prehistoric fossils. At one time Buffalo were free ranging the area as well as bear and elk.
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