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Large piece of coral found in northeast missouri. was wondering if anyone could identify it? Thanks

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Fossildude19

Welcome to the Forum. :) 

One of our experts should be along, shortly.  

 

@TqB  @FossilDAWG  @Missourian

 

EDIT: Moved the topic to the Fossil ID section. ;) 

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Missourian
2 hours ago, Fossildude19 said:

Welcome to the Forum. :) 

One of our experts should be along, shortly.  

 

@TqB  @FossilDAWG  @Missourian

 

EDIT: Moved the topic to the Fossil ID section. ;) 

 

Yes?.... :)

 

I am almost certain that is Chatetes milleporaceous, which is a sponge. Chaetetes is diagnostic of the Pennsylvanian Marmaton Group, which outcrops widely in northeast Missouri.

 

Here is a thread showing some examples and specimens I've found near Kansas City:

 

 

 

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TqB

I agree with Chaetetes. I find practically identical ones in the UK Mississippian (our Pennsylvanian is mostly non-marine), with silicified patches that weather to form the little domes.

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nemocoral

Thank you for the quick response I greatly appreciate the information. As you said some come in mounds. Attached are a few photos of a mound that I found. Hope you find it interesting. 

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