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Petrified Mushroom, Horn Coral, Or...?

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anonymous_

I found this on the shore of a lake. At first I thought it was a petrified mushroom. It looks very similar to a mushroom. But, someone mentioned it could possibly be a horn coral. I really have no fossil knowledge so I'm just interested in what this possibly could be. It's very cool looking.

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ynot

Welcome to the forum.

That is a neat find! Looks like a nicely weathered horn coral to Me.

It is neat how they can look so strange.

A mushroom would have a different appearance in the stem.

Tony

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anonymous_

Thank you! It was pretty cool to find while on vacation at Skantaneateles Lake. Is there any way to guess how old it is?

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ynot

You could look up the geology of that area, or wait for someone with knowledge of the area to chime in, but I am not familiar with the area.

Tony

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Fossildude19

Probably Middle to Upper Devonian - between 393-358 million years old.

Regards,

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anonymous_

Thank you Tim for the information!

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Mediospirifer

There's a horn coral site on Skaneateles Lake. My husband found a mention of it some time ago, and sent this link when I mentioned your post: LINK.

There are notes on the linked post than the land at Staghorn Point is either privately owned or FLLT property. One person says collecting loose specimens from the water is legal on FLLT land, the other person says no collecting at all. I'd want to research a little more before going collecting there myself.

Your coral likely washed away from the layer that's exposed at the cliffs. Enjoy! :D (And yes, it looks a lot like a mushroom!)

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RickNC

Shouldn't this be moved to the ID forum?

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Auspex

Shouldn't this be moved to the ID forum?

Got it; thanks!

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