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Coral fossil found on mountain in Alabama

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matt.abernathy

I'm assuming that this is fossilized coral.

Found on mountain shelf in Alabama.

Thoughts?

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Tidgy's Dad

Very nice indeed. 

Lithostrotionella sp. maybe? 

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matt.abernathy

Awesome thanks 

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Mark Kmiecik

That's a keeper. Nice find.

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Wrangellian

Yes, that's a keeper. I would go back for more if I were you...

Be sure to record the location of origin on a piece of paper to be kept with the specimen.

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matt.abernathy

Thanks guys I appreciate the feedback, I will certainly go back and check the area. 

 

Is it reasonable to assume that this specimen is a few hundred million years old? 

 

Was the mountain likely underwater at one time?

Did the mountain lift the fossil up with it as it formed?

 

I am fascinated.

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Rockwood

It would have to be at least 250 million years old (likely over 300) because it's when rugose corals became extinct.

Tectonic forces raised a sea floor (likely near shore) into a mountain over millions of years as you suspect.

The summit of Everest is said to be marine limestone. I have no plans to confirm it however. :)

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caldigger
4 hours ago, Rockwood said:

The summit of Everest is said to be marine limestone. I have no plans to confirm it however. 

Not even if we pitch in for your Sherpa and a couple of Oxygen canisters?

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