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Hipockets

My son has couple of pieces of aldebarania ( starfish) found in Pee Dee formation from Rocky Point NC, that have great preservation. On one piece there is an object that appears to be a sponge maybe ? Any ideas?  Thanks.

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Hipockets

Madreporite!...thanks a lot Rockwood.....my new word for the day.:)

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UtahFossilHunter

That's the valve that runs the water vascular system in echinoderms. It's called a madreporite.

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UtahFossilHunter
16 minutes ago, Rockwood said:

Oh looks like you already answered it. Whoops:doh!:

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Tidgy's Dad

Really nice and interesting piece! :)

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Hipockets

Does anyone know if the tiny stars in pictures 3 and 4 are little stars or something else ?

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Rockwood
2 minutes ago, Hipockets said:

Does anyone know if the tiny stars in pictures 3 and 4 are little stars or something else ?

Sort of both. I'm pretty sure they are internal structures of this star.

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Rockwood

Ambulacral ossicles.

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KimTexan

Cool piece. The details are amazing.

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abyssunder

I think, Dale nailed it! :yay-smiley-1:

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Rockwood

Well, to be honest the names all came from wiki. They are just pictures in my head.

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