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Huge lug worm cast fossil ??
« on: June 12, 2008, 22:15 PM »
When I was a kid we used to go down to the beach to dig for lug worms for moray eel fishing bait... You knew where the lug worm was by the "cast" that looked like a coiled up worm made out of sand... (Basically worm poo...)

So when we found this fossil a while ago it reminded me of lug worms... But if a worm made this cast by eating the soil in front of it and expelling the waste out the back end then it must have been huge... Its thicker than my arm!

I don't know the age of the rock.... Any one seen anything like this before?

I'd like to go get the rock and keep it safe here in my garden but it is a big as a lorry and probably weighs about 30 tonnes :)

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Huge lug worm cast fossil ??
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Re: Huge lug worm cast fossil ??
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2008, 00:36 AM »
Marvellous. Its the biggest worm  trail i have never watched.... in Tabernas deserts (Almería) you can see lots of these, sometimes with marks of legs also (myriapods) but never did i watch so big.

Going not so far in the time, I know a place in a moorish wall inserted on the ruins of a medieval castle, that there is a brick with the foot of a cat stamped on it (printed when the brick was being dried). We made an study looking for possible animals in the place , around 500-1000 years ago... and finally it was totally sure the step belonged to a cat that lived in Almería place 5-10 centuries ago.

Regards and congratulations for your discovery.

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Re: Huge lug worm cast fossil ??
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2008, 00:39 AM »
Greetings Clive and All,
You don't want to go lugging that thing about - be getting yerself an 'ernia  :dancing:
Tempting though the thought is (giant lug worm, that is), I reckon it looks more like a tree root of some sort.
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Not sure what von Däniken would have made of it...  :dancing:
Technopat's disclaimer: If this posting seems over the top and/or gets your goat (Sp. anyone?), please accept my apologies and don't take it personally - it's just my instinctive tendency to put my foot in it whenever/wherever possible. See also:
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Re: Huge lug worm cast fossil ??
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2008, 01:44 AM »
Hi, Technopat... watch it quietly; a root does not have that growing way... so uniform and so tanggled. It looks strongly as a big segmented animal (warm???).

But its only my opinion.

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Re: Huge lug worm cast fossil ??
« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2009, 22:52 PM »
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Re: Huge lug worm cast fossil ??
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2010, 17:27 PM »
I wondered where your giant lugworm cast was Clive? Last summer I went to the Naturtejo GeoPark in eastern Portugal where there are some amazing ichnofossils
I can't see how to add an image to this post (when I click on the image icon it just puts a bit of html]  - but you can have a look at the pictures at http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=89529&id=606588516&l=214f194c48
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Re: Huge lug worm cast fossil ??
« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2010, 19:07 PM »
Hi Linda

This rock can be found close to the town of Bornos on the road from Ronda to Jerez de la Frontera... Like I said I would actually like to collect it and place it here at my Information centre... :)

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Re: Huge lug worm cast fossil ??
« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2010, 20:03 PM »
Thanks Clive - I'll make a note of that location but as for putting it at the info centre... you would need a bulldozer! But it would be a good attraction... then you need a nice little nature trail laid out so people can go and see some still in situ ... with a little leaflet ...