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VickyRenee

I am new to this forum so please forgive me if I don't do something right. 

I was rock hunting this weekend near a NW Missouri small river and came across this.

It looks like a petrified animal LOL.

I am just baffled!

It is in pure rock form.

It's about 1.5" tall and about a half inch wide.

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Tidgy's Dad

Solitary rugose horn coral. 

It's a very nice one too, though you have it upside down :

1.2 Rugose corals (Rugosa) - Digital Atlas of Ancient Life

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VickyRenee

Oh wow! Thank you SO much!!

How old do you think this is?

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Caverat

Northwest Missouri is nearly all Pennsylvanian age, so about 304 to 323 million years.

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VickyRenee
5 minutes ago, Caverat said:

Northwest Missouri is nearly all Pennsylvanian age, so about 304 to 323 million years.

 Thank you!  This is awesome!

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What do you call something like this?

A fossil, an artifact or just a petrified artifact?

And how do I preserve it?

It looks better when it's in water (where I found it) because leaving it out in the open it's starting to look dry and whitish. 

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FranzBernhard

It is a fossil. An artifact is man-made or made by ancestors of man.

 

I think there is no need to preserve it, it will be stable. 

 

As for gloss - there are things you could do, but you may not like the result. For the purist, you can put it in a suitable, nice glass or jar with water, adding some alcohol to prevent growth of algae. But that´s for purists ;). But well, you have created your paleozoic mini-ocean than :).

 

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6 hours ago, FranzBernhard said:

It is a fossil. An artifact is man-made or made by ancestors of man.

 

I think there is no need to preserve it, it will be stable. 

 

As for gloss - there are things you could do, but you may not like the result. For the purist, you can put it in a suitable, nice glass or jar with water, adding some alcohol to prevent growth of algae. But that´s for purists ;). But well, you have created your paleozoic mini-ocean than :).

 

Franz Bernhard

Thank you very much for your input!

I really appreciate it!

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