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Carboniferous320

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Carboniferous320

I bought this along with several other pieces boxed together at a garage sale.  The whole piece is 7 inches by nearly 4 inches.  The starfish is close to 5 inches longest tip to longest tip.

 

I'm not an expert in any area but it was easy enough for me to distinguish the real ammonites and small trilobites etc. from the few that were enhanced or clearly replicas.  I'm a little unsure on this piece, though my gut tells me it is not a genuine fossil.  When looking at the photos, it appears the starfish was carved,  filled in with a reddish matrix, and then perhaps the figure was pressed into the matrix while it was still wet?  Am I right or is this real - or perhaps partly real with enhancements?  There is also a small crinoid looking object next to the starfish - photos also included.  My guess is the small crinoid may be genuine.  Thank you for your input. 

 

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caldigger

I think the brittle star and crinoid are genuine, just have some color enhancement added to make them stand out more from the matrix.

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Mark Kmiecik

Looks real with some contrast enhancement. Good specimen.

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Carboniferous320

That is great and informative news!  Thank you for your help and expertise!

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RJB

What caldigger said and also the rock has been tooled.

 

RB

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