Why this rock is probably not a meteorite:

The shape "isn't right."

This is object was one of several found by a prospector in France "in the bush not far from a main road." It was rusty, but the finder cleaned it. It is very magnetic.

It might be a meteorite. I've noted elsewhere that iron meteorites often have strange shapes (regmaglypts, 122). However, this thing just doesn't have a meteorite-like shape.
What is it?

It might be a fragment of an iron meteorite, but it might also be some old man-made object. An analysis for nickel would settle the issue.


Prepared by:

Randy L. Korotev

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Washington University in St. Louis

Please don't contact me about the meteorite you think you’ve found until you read this and this.