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Is This Fossil Or What?


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Looks like one to me. :)

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I'm going to try and upload a photo of the closest fossil that I can find - seeing that some of your fossil edges have been broken off.

Can you also tell us in what area the fossil was found? Do you know anything about the geologic age of the area?

costispirifer-fossil_zpsbbd03ab1.jpg

I have an Audubon book of fossils, and they have a picture that looks more like your fossil. On the left side of the photo above you can see somewhat where the striations go in different directions like your sample.

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my best guess from what I can see would be Chione or Lirophora. A view from the side would help ID

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I'm going to try and upload a photo of the closest fossil that I can find - seeing that some of your fossil eges have been broken off.

Can you also tell us in what area the fossil was found? Do you know anything about the geologic age of the area?

costispirifer-fossil_zpsbbd03ab1.jpg

I have an Audubon book of fossils, and they have a picture that looks more like your fossil. On the left side of the photo above you can see somewhat where the striations go in different directions like your sample.

i found it in western desert in egypt ,,,the geologic age of the area .The third geological time. Oligocene ,Eocene ,Paleocene

i'll upload more photos

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my best guess from what I can see would be Chione or Lirophora. A view from the side would help ID

I knew someone in here had better experience and could do better than I. ^_^

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From that angle I would say it's an oyster of some sort, possibly "Crassostrea sp.."?

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Scroll down about half-way to look at the Luning brachiopod fossils;

http://inyo.coffeecup.com/site/brachiopods/brachiopods.html

I am certain that the specimen in question is not a brachiopod; each valve is asymmetrical, and a mirror image of the other.

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I am certain that the specimen in question is not a brachiopod; each valve is asymmetrical, and a mirror image of the other.

Yup - you're right, it looks that way on one side. And yet the 1st picture on post # 10 looks convex on our right, and concave on our left. And I've got a lot to learn. :blush:

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100% certain it's a pelecypod, probably oyster. What age do you think it is? It looks fairly recent to me, maybe from the Neogene.

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Lots of marine Eocene exposed in Egypt; might be a good starting point for a search?

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Lots of marine Eocene exposed in Egypt; might be a good starting point for a search?

Eocene through Pliocene, Best guess.

"Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence"_ Carl Sagen

No trees were killed in this posting......however, many innocent electrons were diverted from where they originally intended to go.

" I think, therefore I collect fossils." _ Me

"When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth."__S. Holmes

"can't we all just get along?" Jack Nicholson from Mars Attacks

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