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A Cretan Fossils Collection

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astron    10
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Hello everyone.
Corals and oysters were my first finds when I was a child. After decades of searcing I'll present gradually my best finds starting from corals and oysters with the rest fossils following. With so many museum quality fossils flying proudly around here in TFF, I know that this topic and this material is not very popular and familiar to more of the TFF members, but I hope some people to like them.

The great majority of the fossils I've found and still finding come from the Late miocene deposits of my birth village of Panasos in the middle of Crete island, Greece (7 - 8 million years in age). Any exceprions will be followed by the relative info.
I have to express my appreciation and a hearty thanks to all those TFF members who kindly have helped or/and continue to help me mainly with the ids or with anything else.
Many - many thanks also to TFF for giving me this chance and to everyone for viewing.

Kind regards

Astrinos P. Damianakis

CORALS

Firstly small and medium scleractinians

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astron    10
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5 big scleractinians (2 pics each}

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astron    10
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5 too big scleractinians (2 pics each}

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astron    10
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Pics 1-2 a giant

Pics 3-4 a boulder

Pics 5-6 a piece with quartz crystals

Pics 7-8 and 9-10 two pieces revealing other organisms (mainly boring bivalves)living into the scleractinian corals

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squalicorax    42
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amazing specimens

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astron    10
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Hello again.

Small and medium brain corals

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Five large brain corals (2 pics each)

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astron    10
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Five giant brain corals (2 pics each)

Brains ... ended :)

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astron    10
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amazing specimens

Many thanks squalicorax for your comment ;)

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Those are really nice, large specimens. It is always good to see non-teeth fossils on the forum.

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fishguy    0
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Those are really nice, large specimens. It is always good to see non-teeth fossils on the forum.

I agree :rolleyes::D

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astron    10
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Those are really nice, large specimens. It is always good to see non-teeth fossils on the forum.

:) Apollo!!!

What a pleasant surprise to take your post while in preparation to give you a message on your problem. I saw it accidentally a little ago and my feelings were mixed. Unpleasant if this have happened, but pleasant if it was a small insident wich can be confronted succesfuly by today's available means. I have an aunt with an alike case and she passed it over in total. So, I do wish and I do believe that you are already better and that after not a long time you will recover completely.

You have just to take more care of yourself ;)

Best regards

Astrinos

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astron    10
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I agree :rolleyes::D

Thanks fishguy for your answer ;)

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piranha    2,011
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Astrinos you continue to amaze and delight with sparkling fossil treasures from Crete !! :thumbsu:

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astron    10
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Astrinos you continue to amaze and delight with sparkling fossil treasures from Crete !! :thumbsu:

Many thanks Scott for your kind comments :) .

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Here are all my porites sp. corals.

They are 4 big pieces. The three first in two pics each and the oval one in 4 pics.

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Auspex    1,717
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Wow! This just keeps getting better!

Thank you for giving us a look at the often overlooked corals :)

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astron    10
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Wow! This just keeps getting better!

Thank you for giving us a look at the often overlooked corals :)

Many thanks Auspex for your comment :)

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piranha    2,011
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Astrinos, you will have to open the new Crete Museum of Natural History soon !! :goodjob:

Recently you mentioned that you were awakened by your wife screaming ... :o

I would scream too with joyous excitement to discover such gems !! :sword:

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Wow! Nice collection.

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Astrinos, you will have to open the new Crete Museum of Natural History soon !! :goodjob:

Recently you mentioned that you were awakened by your wife screaming ... :o

I would scream too with joyous excitement to discover such gems !! :sword:

Thanks again Sott for your GREEK enthousiasm :)

Just to clarify that when awakened by my wife, I hadn't fallen into a deep sleep, but I was hypnotized by the magic world of your collection :D

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Wow! Nice collection.

Thanks Mike for your comment ;)

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:) Apollo!!!

What a pleasant surprise to take your post while in preparation to give you a message on your problem. I saw it accidentally a little ago and my feelings were mixed. Unpleasant if this have happened, but pleasant if it was a small insident wich can be confronted succesfuly by today's available means. I have an aunt with an alike case and she passed it over in total. So, I do wish and I do believe that you are already better and that after not a long time you will recover completely.

You have just to take more care of yourself ;)

Best regards

Astrinos

I wish I was Apollo!! (For those who are wondering, my real name is Delos. Google it.)

Thanks for your kind words. I have recovered almost 100%. Current theory is that my blood clots too easily. Heart tests were all good. I have started taking a lot better care of myself (loss of 17 pounds so far. What is that in kilos? 6.?) Del

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I wish I was Apollo!! (For those who are wondering, my real name is Delos. Google it.)

Thanks for your kind words. I have recovered almost 100%. Current theory is that my blood clots too easily. Heart tests were all good. I have started taking a lot better care of myself (loss of 17 pounds so far. What is that in kilos? 6.?) Del

:) I am glad for your so good news and I believe so do all TFF members :)

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I wish I was Apollo!! (For those who are wondering, my real name is Delos. Google it.)

Thanks for your kind words. I have recovered almost 100%. Current theory is that my blood clots too easily. Heart tests were all good. I have started taking a lot better care of myself (loss of 17 pounds so far. What is that in kilos? 6.?) Del

As for the name, I was rather influenced by this

http://www.thefossil...__1#entry190799 . Sorry for the mistake.:(

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