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Starfish fossil? Please help ID

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Luna.sea.831

Hi. I would love help identifying this fossil. Is it what it appears to be, a starfish?

Total fossil newbie here from central California coast. This was found on the beach near Capitola where we have MANY fossils. I have found lots locally but never anything like this before. Thank you in advance :-)

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Bobby Rico

I think Echinoid too. Welcome to TFF

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The Amateur Paleontologist

Partial irregular echinoid :) Welcome to TFF, by the way!!

-Christian

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caldigger

We actually have a spieces of echinoid that is star shaped like that here on the central coast.  Great find!

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Tidgy's Dad
  • Nice find! :)
  • Hello, and a very warm welcome to TFF from Morocco!

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Luna.sea.831

Ok guys... I really appreciate your quick responses! So, In newbie terms I have a what? A sea urchin?! And one specific to this region (the  Monterey Bay?)

I apologize for my complete fossil ignorance. I’m  so happy to have found you guys!

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ynot
2 minutes ago, Luna.sea.831 said:

Ok guys... I really appreciate your quick responses! So, In newbie terms I have a what? A sea urchin?! And one specific to this region (the  Monterey Bay?)

I apologize for my complete fossil ignorance. I’m  so happy to have found you guys!

A sand dollar, indigenous to the pacific coast of North America.

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Luna.sea.831

Sand dollar? I have quite a few fossilized  Sandollars from the same location (like one pictured below).  Forgive me if it’s obvious but can you explain how my new  forgive me if it’s obvious but can you explain how my new find came to be? Sandollars leave deep imprints this that??

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ynot

Different species.

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UtahFossilHunter
2 hours ago, Luna.sea.831 said:

Sand dollar? I have quite a few fossilized  Sandollars from the same location (like one pictured below).  Forgive me if it’s obvious but can you explain how my new  forgive me if it’s obvious but can you explain how my new find came to be? Sandollars leave deep imprints this that??

 

Some species have deep relief so impressions of them show that. Take a look at this one from the U.K.

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Luna.sea.831
49 minutes ago, UtahFossilHunter said:

Some species have deep relief so impressions of them show that. Take a look at this one from the U.K.

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Thank you .. that makes sense. I haven’t seen one like that here. (The “un flat” kind lol) 

I swear I questioned it all day wondering if it was a cookie cutter in cement- It’s so perfect. 

 

 

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abyssunder

Try to compare with Clypeaster or relative echinoids.

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