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This is something that is a real mystery - can you help ?
I found this about three weeks ago at the Gleneagles wood (which I wrote about going deer stalking in). We found it under a tree at south east corner of the wood, just by a clearing. When I first saw it I thought it was just a piece of wood and not worth bringing home but dad thought it might be interesting. It's been at home for three weeks now and we still don't know what it is !
It is 11 cm long at the longest point, and 4cm wide across the widest part of the bottom. At the bottom it has a honeycomb texture where it's not really solid. It has almost like rings at the edges but not like the rings of wood.
This is it closer up:
It is cone or spike shaped. There are holes in it which seem to go lengthways but some run through the middle of it. It feels strong and I can't break it with my hands.
This is the texture near the spike part close up. It looks honeycomby again.
This the texture near the bottom. It is smoother with lots of tiny dots. This is really really close up.
Could it be an antler ?
Dad thought it might be a misformed antler. Here it is with some of my other antlers:
The first three antlers in the picture above are red deer antlers, and the one at the bottom is from a roe deer. In the picture below, it is mystery object, young red deer, adult red deer, roe deer, adult red deer. It is bigger than almost all of them apart from the final one.
The texture of the mystery thing is different and it doesn't bulge at the bottom like the others.
This is the texture of the red deer antler which is almost the same, but not quite.
If it was an antler, then it hasn't grown properly, and maybe got broken while the deer was in velvet. It is too big to be from a roe deer, so if it is antler it must have come from a red deer, which the only other deer around here.
Could it be a sheep core ?
A sheep core is the bone that that the horn grows around. It is part of the skull and doesn't fall off every year like antlers do.
This can't be a sheep core though, because it's the wrong shape, too big and not hollow.
Could it just be a piece of wood ?
I think it might just be a piece of wood. I think it feels like wood but dad doesn't. I found it under a pine tree, and pine branches aren't as thick as this, and they grow out horizontal, not at an angle.
Can you help me solve this mystery ?
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