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  1. Interesting coral - Morocco

    Hi all, I was perusing the gem show down in Tucson today and came across these interesting little corals. The vendor couldn't identify them except to say they were from Morocco and were coral. Anyone out there know what these are? They measure about 1 1/2" - 2" across.
  2. Hello Everyone, I recently moved to western Kentucky and have been finding a ton of fossils here. I think a lot of what I've been finding are corals, crinoids, and brachiopods. I found a few fossils that I can't find online. I have no idea what they are. They washed out of a hillside on Kentucky lake in western Kentucky. The specific geology where I found them had a lot of strangely welded rock seams, geodes and a looked like the material may not have originated there (maybe moved through some geologic process). The rocks where I am are mostly limestone. The ones I can't Identify are the slightly spiraled ones. The other picture Is a nice coral (I think) specimen from the same location. Any Idea on what they are? Thanks!
  3. Coral or Sponge?

    Hello, I received this specimen that I believe is a fossilized coral or perhaps a fossilized sponge and am looking for help in identifying the species and age for a museums collection. Any help would be appreciated!! Thanks, Holly
  4. To draw a horn coral.

    Hi all, This week I continue to work at escaping my incompetence in the art of paleo art drawings by posting this weeks attempt. I thought this one would be easy - what could be more simple than a curved arc and some ribs, right? Oh man. I spent the better part of this week studying the morphology and growth of rugose corals! I had no idea they were so interestingly complex. My first attempts at going beyond stick figures did not go well, and you wont see those! Finally, after taking another hour and a half on line drawing course, I made another attempt, this time with pencil in hand - got it a lot closer to reality. Here is my pencil drawing of the basic shape, with out any shadows or shading: , Next, I tried to shade the body to look more 3d and then add a drop shadow. But I had NO idea what the shadow of such a shape would look like. I guessed at some sort of triangle. To help me get it right, I made a modelling clay model of a horn coral, and when it dried I had this to work with to find my shadow shape: Next I put the light on it at the right angle and set the orientation per the drawing: And the shadow I got was amazing. I had no idea it would look like this. Next, I added it to the drawing one light layer at at time. And the final drawing came out looking like this: ar I hope you like it. I learned so much about the shape and construction of these amazing animals in this process. I think I am slowly making progress in paleo art, the goal will be eventually put them in a paleozoic ocean scene and create a Permian Panorama. Thanks for looking,
  5. Seashell or Coral?

    My brother found this fossil in Pond Run in Hamilton, Nj. The rock in this area is mostly Triassic and Cretacious, with a small area of rock from the Cambrian. On both sides it has many ridges, and on the front you can see that most of the ridges start in the same area. Front Back I hope that you can identify this. Thank you in advance.
  6. Unknown Kimmeridge clay fossil

    Sorry about posting to many photos and continued post Picked up a couple of suggestive shaped rock forms found in the Kimmeridge clay, which if I can sufficiently remove some of the finest pyrite cubic crystals I’ve ever seen. May contain some bone material underneath. But for the time being I’ve noticed these fossils protruding through some of the pyrite matrix and loose in washed matrix. Continued: I have done some homework searching for coral / echinoid spines from the Kimmeridge clay but have not found any reference to such a fossil so far. As I think they have that tell-tale appearance about them. All suggestions and help would be most welcome. Scale bar is in millimetre sections.
  7. coral id

    the following appears to be a coral, or sponge? It is not my own find, a friend gifted them to me, he said his fisherman grandpa, found them in the water near the island. They are heavy-ish, very hard and sound like rocks when hit them with each other and other rocks. size: when placed next to each other 10cm x 4cm(to3cm) and 2cm thick. Also appart from the obvious shell which looks modern, there is a tiny white pointy edge - snail -like shell with vertical lines all around, and a hole on its side, that could also be fossil, unless that it is supposed to be so white when baby. (photo1 and 2, left piece, top right circle, u can see the baby shells opening and hole)
  8. My story will be a bit(could be too much) long, so I put this report separately from @Kane's report. I'm not sure I can do this or not 'cause this is my first time to write same topic from others'. If I should not do this, I apologize administrator for making bothersome Before I start my story, I convey my profound and huge gratitude to @crinus for taking me quarries(these travels were my very first visiting to not only quarries, but also Ontario's fossil site!) and giving a lot of nice fossils to me what he found, and to @Northern Sharks for giving a nice specimen to me what he found as well from Brechin quarry and organizing Bowmanville journey(I didn't know that until seeing from @Kane's report. I'm not sure that you set the all plans), and to @Malcolmt for giving a complete crinoid to me, which is my first complete crinoid possessing arms and stems, and finally to everyone that I've met on this travel for welcoming me *Plus - My report will be incomplete 'cause I don't know that much about Ontario's geological information and some species' scientific names. So, I'll appreciate greatly if you guys tell me about right information and help me to correct it I revised this post a loooot of times 'cause I realized that it was not report, but a proper diary(Too Much Information.. and still, it's like a diary..) Well.. Now then, I'll begin my long story with some pictures though I couldn't make to take that many pictures of quarries and people. As for the Brechin quarry, I forgot to take my phone and there was no time to take DSLR out from my bag. And as for the Bowmanville quarry, I was so concentrating to find fossils that I forgot to take pictures *Date : Oct.21&22.2017 *Location : Brechin quarry & Bowmanville quarry *Records of formation : Brechin quarry - D -----> Upper Verulam Formation(There was a "cluster" of fauna that I think it's different from below one. Color was bright grey and somewhat yellowish) DD -----> Middle Verulam Formation(Bluish and grey rocks with vurnerable condition) DDD -----> Lower Verulam Formation(Brown and grey rocks) DDDD -----> Upper Bobcaygeon Formation(Alternates between sublithogenic and medium calcarenitic limestone, but also includes some brown lithographic limestone and bluish fine-grained limestone in minor thicknesses)[*] [Buried under the ground] Middle Bobcaygeon Formation(Grey and brown, very fine grained to sublithogenic, sparsely fossiliferous limestone, with some fine-grained limestone in the upper part)[*] [Buried under the ground] Lower Bobcaygeon Formation(Brownish grey, fine- and medium-grained limestone)[*] (Reference - [*] Bobcaygeon formation - Weblex Canada. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://weblex.nrcan.gc.ca/html/001000/GSCC00053001579.html @Northern Sharks informed me! Thank you! ) Bowmanville quarry - D -----> Blue Mountain Formation (I couldn't get there.) DD Upper Lindsay formation DDD Level 2 (?) DDDD Level 3(?) - Lower Lindsay formation (Below as well. The quarry was so biiiiiig!!) - - *Geological Age - Middle Ordovician These all rocks are what I took. Maybe I took a lot of fossils even if it is only a small part of trilobites. I just so excited that I found Ontario's trilobites directly, not through internet store or pictures! Well.. Now I'm worried the weight.. Could I take these whole fossils?... I should have considered about it, not just collect unnecessary things by my instinct. It was not a clever move.. That crinoid(at 11 O'clock-wise) is not what I found these quarries. I found it from Scarbourough bluffers park before. To begin, the beginning of the day(Oct.21) I've met @crinus first at the very early morning of the day(For me. 'cause I'm not the early bird type). Actually, we met from Ebay. I won his two auction and I asked him that would you wait for me until I get to Canada in order to reduce shipping cost. Then, he offered me to go to quarries with him! Anyway, we arrived there around at 8:30 AM and there were 4 or more people had already arrived. I've met @Malcolmt and two other people(Sorry, I can't remember the name. My poor memory..) on near the greenish and bluish pond in the quarry. After handshaking, @crinus and I went to the piles of rocks, which is near the pond. We climbed up the piles of rocks and met @Northern Sharks on there. He found one complete Calyptaulax sp. and dropped it from his hand while we were greeting each other(yet, fortunately, the trilobite was alive with small crack on the pygidium(if my memory is correct)) After the greeting, @crinus and @Northern Sharks went to another place and I remained there, which was that @Northern Sharks found a trilobite, and looked for trilobites with hammering big rocks. I found a horn coral, which is Lambeophyllum profundum Conrad, 1843, the cephalon part of Ceraurus sp. , and a loooot of brachiopods and so on It came from lower Verulam formation. This one is Lambeophyllum profundum Conrad, 1843( @Northern Sharks and @FossilDAWG informed me! Thank you! ) Ceraurus globulobatus? I don't know the exact name of this specimen.. This one maybe came from the middle Verulam formation because of its color. Though I found this from the lower Verulam formation area.
  9. Fossil coral or sponge?

    I was doing some fall work in the garden and I dug a hole deeper than usual to start a compost pile and this was in the ground. It ppears to be coral or something. Can anyone see an outline or give any advice? I didn’t try to clean it as it seemed to be fragile. Thanks!
  10. Possible Coral fossil

    When I was gardening this past summer I lucked out and found a fossil. For years (this garden is over twenty years in the making) I have been pulling shale out of it. This was my first fossil. With the help of some good books on fossils, and this group I have come close to identifying this fossil. It is possibly a coral. I am interested to know what time period this fossil may have come from. I do know that my area of the east end of Toronto used to be an inland sea. I'm curious to know what it might be, and excited for what next year might have in store for me.
  11. Fossil ID help westjava

    Last week i found this rock at the same area where I found some coral fossils in Pantai Cimaja, Sukabumi. Different from the common Indonesian fossil coral and just have no idea of what this might be. Any information is much appreciated.
  12. Another trip to Wrens Nest

    Had a great day out with Candace and Nick @thelivingdead531 @Barerootbonsai Friday 20th. Here are a few of my finds, I’ll post the hash plates when I’ve photographed them. We all got a great variety of finds, here are some of mine. I’m sure Nick and Candace will add to this thread.
  13. Fossil coral reefs show sea level rose in bursts during last warming Reefs near Texas endured punctuated bursts of sea-level rise before drowning, Jade Boyd, Rice university, October 19, 2017 http://news.rice.edu/2017/10/19/fossil-coral-reefs-show-sea-level-rose-in-bursts-during-last-warming-2/ https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/10/171019100954.htm Pankaj Khanna, André W. Droxler, Jeffrey A. Nittrouer, John W. Tunnell Jr, Thomas C. Shirley. Coralgal reef morphology records punctuated sea-level rise during the last deglaciation. Nature Communications, 2017; 8 (1) DOI: 10.1038/s41467-017-00966-x https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-017-00966-x Yours, Paul H.
  14. ID for coral

    Hi, I was given this coral as a present and after much googling I can't identify it. All I know is it comes from Stara Planina Mountain in Serbia. any help would be greatly appreciated
  15. Help with ID

    Hi, Here is another specimen I have received that I need help identifying the species and age of for a museums collection. Any help would be greatly appreciated! The person who brought it to me had no idea of what it was and could not recall where they had found it. Thanks, Holly
  16. Coral or Sponge?

    Hello! I collected this rounded stone in Southern Ohio, actually to paint on originally, and became enamored with what appears to be a fossil algae on top so kept in in my collection. Recently I inspected it through a loupe and noticed the sponge like pores for the first time. I tried to show in the photos that there is a transition or directional grain to the pores that I've seen in whale bones and sponges that washed ashore when I lived in the Pacific Northwest. It's sized at about six inches at the widest, and is a sandstone rather than the expected limestone. What do you think? Is it a sponge or a type of coral?
  17. Lake Champlain Mudstone Find

    Greetings....On a recent visit to Lake Champlain I came across the attached items near the shore of Crown Point. These were eroded out of the bedrock and laying in the sand. On view they look like worm trace or maybe coral..? Any ideas please comment by return...and thanks.
  18. Wenlock Edge, Shropshire, England

    This place is just like Wrens Nest Dudley i.e. Silurian. I like both places but find different things at each. Personally I have found more Trilobites bits at Wrens Nest. 1 - Arachnophyllum murchisoni Coral, top view 2 - Amphistrophia funiculata Brachiopod 3 - Favosites Coral 4 - Halysites Coral 5 - Heliolites Coral 6 - Kodonophyllum truncatum Solitary Coral 7 - Labechia conferta Stromatoporoid sponge 8 - Leptaena depressa Brachiopod 9 - Trepostome Bryozoa
  19. Samphire Hoe, Sussex, England

    Samphire Hoe, Sussex is not far from Dover and was created by dumping stuff from the digging of the Channel Tunnel. It is a wonderful nature reserve, has a small shop/café, access to the beach and chalk fossils are easy to find on the surface of the fallen blocks. Mobile phone service is a bit weird as my phone connected and said Welcome to France, but Dutch tourists there had English connection. Good job there is a pay phone. Here are just a few of the bits I took a photo of. Not completely prepped yet but you get the idea of what can be found. Some are micro fossils from the dust as chalk easy to break down or scoop up from the bottom of the cliff. 1 - common foram 2 - Ramulina foram 3 - Tiny tooth next to Tritaxia foram ( let me know if I have got my ID wrong) 4 - Fish scale 5 - Bivalve with encrusting bryozoa 6 & 7 -Onchotrochus serpentinus Corallite overhead view and of one end confirming not a serpula 7 to 9 - What I think is shed isopod skin, NHM could not ID it but then they sent it to the fish department.
  20. My Fossil Finds.

    Some of the coral I picked up, with close up view of septum.
  21. I have only visited this place once as it is a bit of a hike to get to. Hopefully I will attach the photos in the correct order otherwise 1 - Deshayeites forbesi 2 - Deshayeites forbesi showing in tact siphuncle same specimen as 1 3 - Inside view of part of an Amia fish scull, the museum knew exactly which part I have no idea without looking out the paper they gave me. 4- Part of a lobster leg with small gastropod to the left. 5 - Lobster antenna 6 - Fish fin spine 7 - Holocystis elegans coral
  22. Some more Missouri finds

    Hi guys. Thanks to everyone who helped me with my last IDs. I have some more that I'm stumped about from the same area in Eastern Missouri. This first one looks like the echinoids I found in the Cretaceous in Texas. It's about the same size and shape with the same very small spines or tubercles on it. This other one resembles the possible echinoid but is a flat plate with the same small bumps.
  23. Can Anyone Identify This?

    Found this on the Frio River after a good rain. It has round crystals unless they are eggs. I also thought it could be coral. Can anyone tell what this is?
  24. Tabulate coral

    Found this on our bluff, part of Niagara Escarpment, tip of Door County, Wisconsin. Would love any more detail.
  25. Bone or Coral? *updated*

    Hi all, Fossils pictured below were found in the Chesapeake Bay. They all seem to have the same swirled pattern. Curious to know whether if it is actual bone or some sort of coral I am thinking. Edit: Added more pictures. Note the swirled 'lines' within each of the pieces. Hope this helps.