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Fossil

Observed: 12th December 2010 By: JonathanWallaceJonathanWallace’s reputation in InvertebratesJonathanWallace’s reputation in InvertebratesJonathanWallace’s reputation in InvertebratesJonathanWallace’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:
Identifications
  • coral (Anthozoa)
    Confidence: It might be this.
  • Worm burrows
    Confidence: It might be this.
  • Coral
    Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
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    Likely ID
    rugose coral (Siphonodendron)
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
    ID agreements (): 2 People
    • Jonathan
      iSpot team
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    • Joe BottingInvertebrates expert
Species interactions

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Comments

jonmortin's picture

Fossil

I fairly certain this is a tabulate (colonial) coral as you originally thought. The internal transverse septa along the tubes are characteristic (crinoids and worm tubes wouldn't have these). Also I agree with your suggestion that it is probably a glacial erratic. The lithology and the fossil and the location should allow a more definitive conclusion, but I'm not a geologist either so I will pass on that!

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We do not have a separate

We do not have a separate category for fossils (or expertise in same) at the moment, so let me just tell folks that Peter Skelton is a professional palaeontologist (& until very recently an academic at the OU). See his ID, above.

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

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Thank you

Thanks Peter
It is a fascinating object just by itself but so much more so now I know a bit more about it!
Jonathan

Jonathan Wallace