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fossilnut

For years I have wondered if the coral pieces that I have found on the North Myrtle beach area are modern day or fossil. If fossil from what time period. I have looked on the internet but have not found any clarity. I have found individual coral colonies and ones attached to various shells.   The corals are hard stony in nature and are in rounded fashion not branching. I hope that someone can answer this which i would greatly appreciate. Does modern South Carolina have native corals and if so can anyone give me a reference to them as i cannot find any information.DSCN4892.thumb.JPG.6c8ac0193af3117a8d39d4e1959937c0.JPG

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Tidgy's Dad
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Modern Astrangia looks like.

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Thanks to Tidgy"s Dad and Pachy for the links and information. Apparently no reef formations but just these small individual coral colonies thrive in the Gulf Stream warmer waters? i wil follow up on Astrangia thanks

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