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Hash plate oddity fossil - bryozoan?

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Kato

Okay, I left this specimen where I could find it in the future, but the sun and atmosphere was such I could not get a crisp photo or achieve a decent zoom.

 

It almost appears bryozoan in nature, but the regular spacing and rounded conic shapes might be something someone has seen before?

 

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abyssunder

The low resolution of your images may cause difficulties in the ID. :headscratch:

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Kato
1 minute ago, abyssunder said:

The low resolution of your images may cause difficulties in the ID. :headscratch:

Thanks, that is what I thought. I will retrieve it during a future visit to that locale.

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Tidgy's Dad

There seem to be bryozoans in that rock, but it's hard to say for certain.

Definitely worth bringing home if you can. 

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abyssunder
54 minutes ago, Tidgy's Dad said:

There seem to be bryozoans in that rock, but it's hard to say for certain.

Definitely worth bringing home if you can. 

 

I agree! :)

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Rockwood

It's important to the scale on something like this. The openings appear too big to be bryozoans to me.

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Rockwood
1 hour ago, Kato said:

regular spacing and rounded conic shapes

This could describe a heliolitid coral.

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Kato
35 minutes ago, abyssunder said:

 

I agree! :)

Retrieval of specimen is scheduled for Sunday and I will be sure to provide measurement or place a scale by it.

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minnbuckeye

Could the conical shapes not be what the bryozoan/coral is encrusting?

 

 Mike

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Rockwood
10 minutes ago, minnbuckeye said:

Could the conical shapes not be what the bryozoan/coral is encrusting?

 

 Mike

I believe that is the colony shape on the upper side. The encrusted being the more linear lower edge.

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Kato
3 hours ago, Rockwood said:

I believe that is the colony shape on the upper side. The encrusted being the more linear lower edge.

It is definitely more encrusted on the lower edge. Almost like there are 3 layers. For some reason my cell pic is much cleared than what I can post. The colony shape to the right is less encrusted but still appears to have a thin veneer.

 

I was going to hazard a guess at Prismopora and hopefully will be able to quickly find this specimen tomorrow morning after our local dust storm settles down.

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