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kevinnix

hi all, looking for help with this fossil,

found in the southern part of the Flinders Ranges, South Australia.

Size is about the size of the last joint of your Thumb.

Any help will be much appreciated 

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Ludwigia

I'm afraid I couldn't hazard a guess, but it certainly does look interesting. Now I'm curious to hear what others may suggest.

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indominus rex

Could you take more pictures? I have honestly no clue to this and I am not an expert, but maybe some pictures of the entire thing can help.

Regards, indominus rex

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TqB
20 minutes ago, Rockwood said:

Fruiting body of a fungus ?

 

I think you may be right. There are raggedy bits at the bottom that don't look fossil.

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kevinnix

thanks for help so far everyone,

this is the only other photo i can supply, not very good photo, sorry

       Flinders Ranges in South Australia are famous for the occurence of Ediacaran fossils, but i’m not sure if this is relevant to this fossil

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Rockwood

That's one of it's nephews kids living with an algae up in the corner there. :)

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kevinnix

yes, the whole thing is most unusual

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ynot

Looks like a worn tube worm colony to Me.

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Tidgy's Dad

Flinders Range fossils are usually just impressions in the orange, red or occasionally greyish rock or maybe slightly raised, nothing like this. 

Here is mine.

The holdfast mark of Medusina mawsoni, a rangeomorph, once thought to be a jellyfish, hence the name. 

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GeschWhat

I'm in the fungus camp.

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Innocentx

Has this been removed from the matrix or are these pictures of it in situ? It's very similar to certain insect egg cases.

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Rockwood
1 hour ago, Innocentx said:

Has this been removed from the matrix or are these pictures of it in situ? It's very similar to certain insect egg cases.

Good point. Better try soaking it in water. If it softens and swells . . .

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kevinnix

thankyou again to everyones suggestions, most helpfull ! 

After seeing your replies, and replies from other online scources, I lean towards -

1. modern lichen growth

2. mineralogical nodule, (limestone, or other)

 

to answer your questions, it is fixed to the sandstone.

thanks again everybody !

 

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abyssunder

The finger-like creature it's a lichen overgrowth, in my opinion.

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kevinnix

thanks abyssunder, i tend to agree

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Innocentx

Perhaps the lichen's fruiting body. Example:

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kevinnix

thanks for photo Innocentx, definite similarities.

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doushantuo

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from: Droser et al/2006/pal.pal,pal)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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