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Bryozoa from VT?

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Jazfossilator

found at Lake Champlain, in Vermont, Iberville formation which is Ordovician in age. These two pieces don’t have a ton of detail left but is there enough to be sure these are Bryozoa?   776729F2-89B5-4F65-9F22-6E426D6DF0CD.thumb.jpeg.33353561adde2b5a5db3a9ba6c0bf46a.jpegDC570A4E-C282-48FB-8A11-D4EA406EF1C7.thumb.jpeg.ff5863f213767e0d5753f8d82108bbd4.jpegCDFF80A1-88C3-43B9-83E3-36AD824AB761.thumb.jpeg.477abbba054c0c2d78f612b54c72ff8e.jpeg

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Tidgy's Dad

I think it's a bryozoan, but there were many branching bryozoans by the late Middle Ordovician, so i wouldn't like to guess at which one this could be. :)

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Darktooth

You certainly like taking pictures with that mysterious blue light. Might be beneficial to use natural lighting or something else.

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erose

Can you see any of the edges? There are many types that encrust and many that are just massive.  But it does look like bryozoa.  Bryozoa, like corals, may require thin or polished sections in order to make any sort of ID.  I have a lot of Ordovician bryozoa from the Cincinnatian and there are some genera that look almost exactly identical on the surface.  And with bryozoa the sections need to be in several directions if you want any degree of accuracy.  

 

For many of my specimens I am happy if I can at least label it as a Trepostomatida, Fenestrida or Cyclostomata.

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