When hiking in the Moselvalley (on the Calmont, to be precise) I found a slightly rhomboid piece of slate measuring about 10 by 11 cm, with a thickness of ca. 2 to 4 cm.

As can be seen in the first photograph, there's a S-shaped chain of "chippings", which might resemble a tail, a long neck or... I don't know what. Maybe someone sometime was bored and practiced stone hewing.

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The "chippings" are about 3 to 6 mm deep and while not identical, quite similar in shape and size. Their arrangement looks to me rather organic, but I am no expert.

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For completeness, this is the back side of the piece of slate.

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I know that slate deposits tend to contain fossils and wonder if I got lucky, or if I am seeing something that isn't there.

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    $\begingroup$ sedimentary rock+quartz intrusion that is deposited later (i think)than the potential fossil so yes it might very well be a fossil,i have no idea from what. $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 24, 2022 at 5:19
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    $\begingroup$ It might be a fossil of a worm or a centipede. $\endgroup$
    – Fred
    Commented Sep 24, 2022 at 18:22


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