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Claracluck

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Found at Runswick Bay last week. Is it a fossil?

I just moved house and can't find a measuring tape.

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Hi Claracluck,

It looks like a beach-worn fossil coral - probably Carboniferous in age - and either Diphyphyllum or Siphonodendron - probably the former, but difficult to tell without a cut section to show diagnostic detail.
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I can't actually see any internal coral structure at all although I thought it was one at first.
If that's so, it looks to be a Chondrites-type trace fossil, probably from the Staithes Sandstone Formation, roughly the Middle Lias.
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Claracluck

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Thank you. There were a few pieces of broken coral fossils I picked up on the beach and this isn't like them at all.
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Useful local knowledge there, Tarquin!
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Claracluck

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Thank you! Even if it wasn't anything, I really like the look of it and would have kept it anyway. [smile]
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