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Adelee Griggs

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My 8 year old has found these today and We have no clue what they . Can anyone help identify them ? Many thanks...its his first fossil hunt!

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Welcome!

I'd guess that you're looking at corals and sea-lilies (scientific name crinoids) in a limestone rock, but it helps enormously if you can say exactly where you were when you found them [smile]

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All the fossils being pointed at are rugose solitary corals (commonly called "horn corals" though that can include some other types). 

The third one is another coral but tabulate as opposed to rugose, probably Michelinia sp.

There are indeed some bits of crinoid, mainly stem pieces, especially in the last photo.

If they're from the UK then they're Lower Carboniferous (about 330 - 350 million years). An approximate location would help to confirm that.
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I'd go along with that Tarquin! I would say South Wales or Ireland are potential candidates for location...hopefully find out soon.
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He found them on rocks along Shoebury East Beach, Essex. The rocks have been used to create a sea wall/barrier, did try and google where the rocks had originally come from but no joy. So you think these rocks originated South Wales or Ireland?
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By no means conclusive, but that sort of coral fauna occurs in those places (certainly not local to Essex). They're nice examples wherever they originate.
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I think the nearest source with exactly that fauna is Somerset where it's certainly being quarried. They've used it at Lyme Regis which adds a nice touch of variety to all the Jurassic stuff. [smile]
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Sounds a good possibility, Tarquin.
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