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Where was it found?

To me, it looks like an eroded horn coral.

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Yes, it looks like an eroded section through a coral.

Is it 'in the news'? I'd like to see the story. :)

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I agree at first glance it does look like a horn. Look closer though. The "septa" run the wrong way in relation to the axis of the opening. Something seems very wrong about it to me.

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I agree at first glance it does look like a horn. Look closer though. The "septa" run the wrong way in relation to the axis of the opening. Something seems very wrong about it to me.

Consider that it is a very oblique (and somewhat curved) section.

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Consider that it is a very oblique (and somewhat curved) section.

Okay I think I have it. It's a wide horn with the calice facing us and only partially exposed. The axis is strait into the rock with the apex being the dark spot at the top of the fossil. Right ?

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the mind sees what the mind sees. I see a horn coral transverse cross section.

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Pareidolia at it's best. :)

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...some people may look at his rock and see it for what it is, a strange fossil from a riverbed, and in his mind, he knows that is what it is. But in his heart, Marks likes to think it is something more.

It's actually a nice story :)

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Wow, must have been a slow news day in Clinton. Although I'm sure they have a lot of those. Like others have said, I'm pretty confident it's a horn coral. This is from the Citronelle Formation, and you can find similar fossils all over this area of Louisiana. I have an earlier post with horn corals, tabulate coral, brachiopods, bryozoans, crinoids, etc:

http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/39199-paleozoic-chert-gravel-fossils-from-bogue-chitto-river-washington-parish-citronelle-formation/#entry430367

I have quite a collection of these fossils. I've found many horn corals, but so far only one trilobite, a fragmentary pygidium:

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Considering my fossil is more rare in this formation, maybe I can get on the news too :)
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Wow, must have been a slow news day in Clinton. Although I'm sure they have a lot of those. Like others have said, I'm pretty confident it's a horn coral. This is from the Citronelle Formation, and you can find similar fossils all over this area of Louisiana. I have an earlier post with horn corals, tabulate coral, brachiopods, bryozoans, crinoids, etc:

http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/39199-paleozoic-chert-gravel-fossils-from-bogue-chitto-river-washington-parish-citronelle-formation/#entry430367

I have quite a collection of these fossils. I've found many horn corals, but so far only one trilobite, a fragmentary pygidium:

attachicon.gifcitronelletrilobite.jpg

Considering my fossil is more rare in this formation, maybe I can get on the news too :)

Maybe you could. If you close one eye, cover the other with the palm of your hand and look at it from exactly sixteen feet away it does look like Elvis.

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The finder clearly states that he knows it's a fossil; the article is really about sense of wonder and imagination.

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>Paleontology is an evolving science.

>May your wonders never cease!

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For what it's worth, I know it's a coral and I can see the "angel", which makes it kind of neat. Much better than the usual "Jesus on a piece of burnt toast" thing. I'd certainly keep it if I found it, if only as a conversation piece.

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