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Greetings - this is my first post but my 7-year son is a very keen fossil hunter/budding geologist.  We live in Charente-Maritime in France in a limestone area and it takes very little hunting to find small fossils of sea creatures at the coast or even around our house. 

This was found in my vegetable garden!  My son is really keen to know if it is a fossil and if so what kind of fossil it is - your help would be greatly appreciated...

If it's any help - here's a blog in French about our region and its fossils - http://fossilesdescharentes.unblog.fr/

Many thanks in advance


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Hello, and welcome to the forum. Now, my French isn't too good and haven't had a chance to translate the blog pages, but I can read enough to tell you that the geology of your area is partly Late Cretaceous - 65 - 75 million years old. That means that you have found what I think is a very damaged irregular sea urchin, (sometimes known as a 'heart urchin') of the genus Micraster.
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I'd go along with that, Colin.
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Thank you so much for your replies - that is fantastic, we never would have identified it ourselves. 

You may hear from us again - there is an entire box of unidentified fossils in our house [smile]. In the meantime I'm enjoying browsing the forum, full of great info.
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