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I sometimes stumble upon these strange fossils which I like to call 'mini surfboards'. I unsuccessfully searched a couple of times on the internet and found no similar photos to help me identify them. They've all been found on the clay layer. They all have a very similar pattern . Their size is usually around 3cm (even larger sometimes). 

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Fossildude19

Moved to FOSSIL ID;)

Welcome to the Forum. :)

 

Can we have a location where these were found?  Any other fossils found there?

 

They look a bit like Conulariida, but, we need more information on where these were found to nail down the stratigraphy/geologic age.

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FranzBernhard

Welcome to TFF from Austria!

 

Aren´t these cuttlebones?

Cuttlebone (link to wikipedia)

 

Franz Bernhard

 

 

 

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Im going to side with Franz.  These look like cuttlebones?

 

RB

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Thanks for your replies. They're from the Blue clay layer in Malta, Europe (c.10-15million y.a.) They've all been found on beaches with recent clay erosion.

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fifbrindacier

Hi from France.

I agree they do look like cuttlebone.

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Al Dente

Nice. Here's a paper on ones from Malta.

 

 

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FranzBernhard

Wow! Thanks, @Al Dente! I am rarely using this word, but these are really "cool". Really learned something new!

Franz Bernhard

 

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