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I have searched since I found this, to figure out exactly what it is. Nobody that I have talked to has been able to for sure ID it. I found it while searching for crinoid fossils at a beach near Michigan City, Indiana, in Lake Michigan. I was swimming around, picking up anything I found, taking a look, and I tossed this one up on the beach. We were guessing that it may be the bulb part of a crinoid, but I haven't found anything online that looks exactly like this one. We used dental tools to pick out some of the sandy stuff, so we could see more detail. My hand is not in the picture for size reference, rather, I had to hold it upright to get more picture angles. My mom took this fossil to a rock show, and people were amazed by it, though they couldn't identify exactly what it is. Some said it is a once in a lifetime find. If it can't be ID'd here, I will likely take it to the university I attend, or a museum. My dinosaur class professor wasn't entirely sure about it either. I would really like to know exactly what it is. Thanks in advance for any help! I look forward to contributing to these forums!
PALEOALLIUM BILLGENSELI GEN. ET SP. NOV.: FOSSIL MONOCOT REMAINS FROM THE LATEST EARLY EOCENE REPUBLIC FLORA, NORTHEASTERN WASHINGTON STATE, USA Kathleen B. Pigg,1,* Finley A. Bryan,† and Melanie L. DeVore‡ Int. J. Plant Sci. 179(6):477–486. 2018. Pigg-Bryan-DeVore-lagerstUSAcenozoi2018-Paleoallium.pdf IMHO a nice marriage of paleontology and neontology,and pretty well illustrated,too RECOMMENDED