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I apologize in advance...I know nothing of fossils.  A friend gave me this.  It's from the coal mine by Sparta Illinois.  The same mines that the pyrite suns come from. He said it was a snail. Here's my dumb question... is the snail the whole thing or just the small circle in the middle?  As i stated...i know nothing of this so thank you for your help. 

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It's the whole thing, but not a snail. It appears to me to be either a spiral nautiloid or an ammonoid.

 

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Agree with coiled nautiloid.

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5 hours ago, Ludwigia said:

It's the whole thing, but not a snail. It appears to me to be either a spiral nautiloid or an ammonoid.

Thank you so very much!! That helps so much.  It gives me a starting point to do some research and learn about it.  Thank you!!

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1 hour ago, Fossildude19 said:

Agree with coiled nautiloid.

Thank you so much!! I had no idea.  This helps so much. 

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One more question if you guys don't mind.... should I try to clean it or leave as is? Thank you for any help.  Obviously this is my first fossil lol.

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If you're a beginner I'd leave it as is except for giving it a good scrub with soap and water. Someone who knows what he's doing could try to carefully remove the matrix in the center. What does the reverse side look like?

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