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What in the world is this stone

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Hi, I found this specimen about 20 years ago floating in the ocean off the coast of Bimini.  I brought it to a Natural Science museum and they said it was either amber or ambergris and that they dated it to over 5000 years.  When I originally brought it home it had a very strong sweet rubbery, petroleum smell that stunk up the house for weeks, but the smell gradually wore off. It's dimensions are 12cm by 8cm by 7 cm.  I'm writing you to see if you could help me identify it and what it might be worth

asked May 6 by Xytruin (120 points)

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If it is ambergris and it appears to be. It would burn because it is supposed to be flammable. It appears to match the pictures I googled, so, there is little reason to question the professional opinion you got at the NatSci museum. You can't sell it tn the US but a guy boight a kilo sor 11,000 E. type in ambergris in your browser, the wiki one will tell about it. Any other sight than wiki will allow you to look at images.
answered May 7 by Weasel (36,030 points)
 


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