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Cool fossil. What is it?

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smokeyjoe

I think this fossil is so cool, but I have no idea what it is and would appreciate your help identifying it. To me it looks like the spine of a creature. Like the few other fossils I have found it was included in a bag of "river rocks" sold at a home center for landscaping purposes.

 

All thoughts are welcome!

 

Ready... Set... Go!!!

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Fossildude19

Looks more like a coral than bone, to me. 


@TqB  @FossilDAWG

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ynot

Agree with the coral opinions.

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DPS Ammonite

It almost looks like the old style wheeled odometer. With enough weels to register the 100 millions place, I wonder if it records the age of the rock?

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FranzBernhard
5 minutes ago, DPS Ammonite said:

It almost looks like the old style wheeled odometer. With enough weels to register the 100 millions place, I wonder if it records the age of the rock?

Your are absolutely correct, this is a fossilized geocronometer!

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DPS Ammonite
10 minutes ago, FranzBernhard said:

Your are absolutely correct, this is a fossilized geocronometer!

My iPhone 30 has a built in geocronometer reader. Just aim at any rock or fossil to obtain age.

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Rockwood
40 minutes ago, TqB said:

I agree, looks like a fragment of a rugosan showing dissepiments from the outer area.

Another.

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smokeyjoe

Fossilized geochronometer it is!  :)

 

Before it was fossilized, was it self-winding, or did it get its energy directly from the sun?

 

Thanks everyone.

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Rockwood
12 minutes ago, smokeyjoe said:

Fossilized geochronometer it is!  :)

 

Before it was fossilized, was it self-winding, or did it get its energy directly from the sun?

 

Thanks everyone.

You do realize that they are serious in some respect ?

These have been used to determine the number of days in a paleo year.

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smokeyjoe

The iPhone 30 comment threw me off!

 

I have so much to learn! :)

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smokeyjoe

The comment about enough wheels to register the 100 million place didn't help! ;)

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Rockwood

 

9 minutes ago, smokeyjoe said:

The comment about enough wheels to register the 100 million place didn't help! ;)

If anyone suggests that you lick it as a "test" they are just messing with you. ;)

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FossilDAWG

I agree with Tarquin and the others: probably a section through the dissepiments of a rugose coral.  However, it's probably best if you lick it, just to be sure.  Sure of what is another matter.

 

Don

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smokeyjoe
1 hour ago, Rockwood said:

 

If anyone suggests that you lick it as a "test" they are just messing with you. ;)

 

This is my first time in the big city!

 

 

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Rockwood
2 minutes ago, smokeyjoe said:

 

This is my first time in the big city!

 

 

Welcome to the forum.

It's a great little community.

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smokeyjoe

Yes, it is. I love that it's a world-wide community, and how helpful people have been.

 

For example, I'm sure that on my own it would have taken years to learn that I needed to lick it to be sure, but I learned that in just minutes here! 

 

By the way, it tastes a lot like a rock. Is that consistent with a geochronometer? (Want to be sure!)

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FranzBernhard
11 hours ago, DPS Ammonite said:

My iPhone 30 has a built in geocronometer reader. Just aim at any rock or fossil to obtain age.

Sure, this old-style geocronometers will soon be outdated...

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FranzBernhard
11 hours ago, smokeyjoe said:

Fossilized geochronometer it is!  :)

 

Before it was fossilized, was it self-winding, or did it get its energy directly from the sun?

 

Thanks everyone.

You are really asking extremly difficult questions! I think, there is still not enough research done to tackle this question. Did you make a google search about this subject? ;)

Franz Bernnhard

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D.N.FossilmanLithuania
19 hours ago, Rockwood said:

You do realize that they are serious in some respect ?

These have been used to determine the number of days in a paleo year.

Yes, especially rugose coral fossils are used to determine the number of days in each Paleozoic periods and epochs, it is even written in Lithuanian book "Paleontologija" that means "Paleontology" :)

Rockwood you told great and important idea! 

 

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