“Found this fossil thing under my dresser on my bedroom floor”, states this reader about the interesting pattern pictured below, which almost resembles a leaf. “Any idea what it is?”
To answer our reader’s question right off the bat, we do not have any idea as to what this might be. It does not resemble a worm in the slightest, and neither does it resemble any other organism we have seen before. In fact, it resembles a stain more than anything, and a rather remarkable stain at that. Perhaps it is the poor lighting or the resolution of the image, but we cannot see that this “fossil thing” has any depth or dimension to it. That is not to say that we do not trust our reader in saying that it is a movable object, and not a stain. We just want to point out its curious appearance.
Now, if our reader has good cause to believe that this might be a bug-related organism, then we suggest that she take this organism to her local county extension office. There someone will be able to physically inspect the organism in good lighting, and they will have a better chance at identifying the organism.
Alternatively, our reader could consult an expert on fossils, such as a paleontologist at a nearby university. Or, she could consult the “Digital Atlas of Ancient Life“. This website features a whole lot of information regarding fossils and bones from prehistoric times. They even have an app to download that one can use to identify any fossils one has found, which may be of use to our reader!
In conclusion, we do not have any idea what this object is that our reader found. As we are worm enthusiasts, and not fossil enthusiasts, this is beyond our level of expertise. We nonetheless hope that our advice proves helpful, and we wish our reader the best of luck on her quest to identify this mysterious discovery!
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