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  1. Hi, all, A friend over on the Facebook group "Great Lakes Rocks and Minerals" recently posted this little silicified pebble she found along the shore of Lake Michigan, northern lower peninsula. The tiny pores got several of us on the group curious about whether we could narrow down a possible ID. Someone initially suggested heliolitid, but I think we ruled that out because there doesn't seem to be enough room between corallites for coenenchyme. We decided it must be some species of small-celled favositid, but is it possible to narrow beyond that? (My gut says probably not, since we don't have thin sections or better views!) I was curious about Astrocerium (referred to as Favosites venustus in older descriptions). It's described from the Silurian (Niagaran) of Michigan, which seems to fit with this style of silicification. Also, I think I see what might be interpreted as spinules in some of the corallites, but maybe this is just an effect of silicification. Plus, I guess spinules are pretty common in favositid species, so it could be any number of small-celled species of Favosites or Emmonsia. If anyone has examples of Astrocerium from their collection, I would love to see photos! P.S. Hope it's okay to tag you two, @TqB and @FossilDAWG -- wasn't sure of other coral experts to ask, though I know they are around! Thanks much! Lisa
  2. Day Two ; Locality One (or Six if you include Day One) Black Sahara, South of Erfoud 20th February 2019 Well this is where things really get interesting, so stick with this thread as there are dozens of photos of fossils coming up. Looks at the tags if you want clues. I was up bright and early and wandered out at about 7 am to watch the sun rise over the still mighty Erg Chebbi dunes. And as night's candles were burnt out and jocund day stood tiptoe over the misty duney tops, the chaps came to join me and managed lots of photos. Here's one, if you would like to see more, I'm busy posting a kazillion of 'em under the Nature Photography thread.
  3. Two weeks ago, I visited the Carmeuse Calcite Quarry in Rogers City, Michigan (Devonian). I spent an hour trying to dig under and around this specimen. With the help of another, I was able to dislodge it. It weights about 60 pounds and the top surface measures 38 cm x 43 cm. Looks like a Hexagonaria pericarinita, though am not sure.
  4. Coral ID help

    Looking for help on some fossils found today in Somerset County! In what appears to be Limestone. Photo #1, 2 and 3 are the same rock - A rugose coral (see internal structure.) One member thought Lithostrotion . #4 - At the bottom, looks like a tabulate coral? #5 - Coral?
  5. ADAM's SILURIAN

    Hoooooooooooorrrrrrrrrrrraaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Here we are at last, into Adam's Silurian. Thanks for looking. First up is the Lower Silurian or Llandovery and I begin with a problem. I posted this one incorrectly in Adam's Ordovician as it had got it's label muddled up with an Ordovician Favosites I had that has vanished in the move here, but is being replaced by kind forum member @Herb Anyway, this, I remember now I've found the correct label, is from the greenish Browgill Formation, part of the Stockdale Group from a cutting near Skelgill (Skelghyll) in Cumbria, Northern England. It seems to be a tabulate coral, but I can't find any listed for this location, only mentions of small, rare, rugose corals. It has the star shaped corallites of a Heliolitidid, but seems to be tightly packed together like a Favositidid. A couple of species of Palaeofavosites seem to be close and are a bit star-shaped,, but anyone know any better? @TqB@piranha hmm who else? The coral bit, an external mold, is a maximum of 3.5 cm across and each corallite up to 2 mm.
  6. Middle Devonian Tabulate Coral

    From the album Middle Devonian

    Favosites hamiltonae (tabulate coral) Middle Devonian Onondaga Formation Nedrow Member Jamesville, NY
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