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Echinoids and Bivalves, Malta

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Malteser

Hi,

I would really appreciate some help with these fossils. They were found in the Lower Coralline Limestone stratum (Miocene) in what is called the Scutella bed (due to the abundance of Scutella subrotunda).

I apologize for not including some sort of scale.

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Thanks :fistbump:

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abyssunder

Because the material is fragmented is difficult an accurate determination without knowing exactly the echinoid fauna of those Maltese sediments, but from what I can tell, taking into holistic all the fragments, I can say that the echinoids presented in the center of pics (1 - 4) looks close to Spatangus sp., or maybe Maretia sp.. post-17588-0-49125000-1458475135_thumb.jpg
The plate - like fragments (as in pic 1) are Scutella sp..
The bivalves of pics (5 -7) are Pectinids, like Pecten.

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Malteser

Because the material is fragmented is difficult an accurate determination without knowing exactly the echinoid fauna of those Maltese sediments, but from what I can tell, taking into holistic all the fragments, I can say that the echinoids presented in the center of pics (1 - 4) looks close to Spatangus sp., or maybe Maretia sp.. attachicon.gifSpatangus--Spatangus--britannus--5212-.jpg

The plate - like fragments (as in pic 1) are Scutella sp..

The bivalves of pics (5 -7) are Pectinids, like Pecten.

thanks very much :) I tried searching the literature on local fossils but most of it is ancient and presumably outdated

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