How It Works

What on Earth is it?

Fossilised fearn. Yep, that’s it. No question about it. No, seriously, that’s what it is. I was so disappointed with how easy the last one was that I’ve gone and spoiled all the fun.

Anyway, if you think you know what it really is (I’ve told you already, it is a fossilised fearn), or – even better – you have a hilariously silly concept of what it might be but definitely isn’t (so, anything but a fossilised fearn, as that is what it is), drop us a line and get your suggestion printed in the magazine next month.

Why would you need a clue? I’ve told you its a fossilised fearn. It’s obvious! Look at how its not its ‘natural colour’. How it is ‘cold to the touch’ thanks to the fossilisation process. How its intricate structure has ‘naturally formed’ when you look ‘close-up’.




  • Tom Boon

    There is no picture?

  • Tom Boon

    From the picture on the homepage, is it not a snow flake? (Seeing as it is a fossilised fern?)

  • My first thought was a snowflake or a leaf from a certain type of tree

  • steve

    A snowflake

  • Jay

    most definitely a section of snowflake.

  • kronar

    I go with micro-photo of a snow flate. Classic melt zone on lower left.

  • kronar

    or it could just be a snow flake.

  • Andreas

    I think it’s a Christmas cracker