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Kellett

Hello all,

My daughter found this today on a local beach, we were wondering if anybody could shed some light on what it might be please?

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JohnJ

Where might that local beach be generally located?  :) 

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Darktooth

A rather large piece of horn coral. Nice find.

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Vieira

Welcome.

 

It's a fossilized coral.

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Ptychodus04

It looks like a large piece of coral.

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Ptychodus04

Wow! 3 votes for coral at the same time

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Kellett

Thanks guys, although my daughter was sure we had discovered a dinosaur bone! Bless  hehe

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Kellett

Any idea what date this is from?

 

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Kellett

The beach is Pembrokeshire South West Wales 

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ynot
4 minutes ago, Kellett said:

Any idea what date this is from?

 

We would need a more specific location of the find, but that type of coral went extinct at the end of the permian.(Before the dinos.)

 

Tony

 

PS You beat Me!

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Vieira

You can know the date of your fossil if you search for a geologic map and see the corresponding geography.

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Kellett

wow that pretty cool!

Thank you 

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gavialboy

hi and welcome to the fossil forum and that's a nice find.

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abyssunder

That is a really nice and large solitary rugose coral, according to the dimensions and the visible fossula. I think Tarquin is right with the ID. In lack of available reference it's better to ask:
Is that the combined name of Caninia cylindrica Scouler and Siphonophyllia garwoodi Ramsbottom & Mitchell ?

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TqB
11 hours ago, abyssunder said:

That is a really nice and large solitary rugose coral, according to the dimensions and the visible fossula. I think Tarquin is right with the ID. In lack of available reference it's better to ask:
Is that the combined name of Caninia cylindrica Scouler and Siphonophyllia garwoodi Ramsbottom & Mitchell ?

 

The original form is actually Siphonophyllia cylindrica Scouler MS in McCoy, 1844, p.187, A synopsis of the characters of the Carboniferous limestone fossils of Ireland.

 

It differs from Caninia, in which it was often subsequently included, in the possession of a lonsdaleoid dissepimentarium. Caninia's is (mostly) normal and narrow.

 

Siphonophyllia was reinstated by Dorothy Hill in the Treatise (!956, 1981) and is in current usage for this species.

 

Another useful reference:

http://www.palass.org/publications/palaeontology-journal/archive/13/1/article_pp52-63

 

Here's the original McCoy description:

 

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abyssunder

Thank you, Tarquin, for the explanations and references. :)

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