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Offline bonsaikitten

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Help to identify homonid fossil?
« on: 05/10/2006 16:34:16 »
Hi,

Whilst walking recently (Nottingham), I found what appears to be a large fossilised 'face' in a piece of sandstone. The geol. map of he area identifies this rock as Carboniferous.

The 'face' is humanoid, with large eyes and a protruding nose. measures 30cm long by 20cm wide.

Can anyone tell me if this could be ab early homonid, maybe an austrolopithicine?

Thanks.



 

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Re: Help to identify homonid fossil?
« Reply #1 on: 05/10/2006 18:03:38 »
Probably Pareidolia:-

" Pareidolia, describes a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being mistakenly perceived as recognizable. Common examples include images of animals or faces in clouds, seeing the man in the moon, and hearing messages on records played in reverse. The word comes from the Greek para- amiss, faulty, wrong and eidolon image, the diminutive of eidos appearance, form. "

e.g. the "face" on Mars:-



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pareidolia
 

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Re: Help to identify homonid fossil?
« Reply #2 on: 05/10/2006 20:06:31 »
The Carboniferous is much too old to contain humanoid fossils.  Maybe aliens on picnic (if so you have the paleontological find of the millenium)?

Subduction causes orogeny.
 


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