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keithlittle
Hi Hooken.

It is possible to I.D these starfish from a single ossicle, but you would need to find one of the marginal ossicles with the outside surface showing, & take a pretty good close up photo of it.

I'm not always very successful with identifying them like this yet, some of them can be very difficult to tell for sure but others are much more easy to recognize, anyway if you can get a clear photo posted i would gladly do my best for you.

 

Cheers

Keith
Edited by keithlittle 2011-06-08 16:18:49
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hooken
Hi People,
 

I recently found a large flint that is studded with disarticulated starfish ossicles. Can anyone suggest an I.D for the species. Sorry the pics aren't great but they're quite small and difficult to photograph. Turonian age, Branscombe, Devon.

 

starfish_003.jpg 

 

The flint had several large cracks running through it and has now split apart.

 

starfish_002.jpg 

 

Various ossicles and echinoid spines,

 

starfish_004.jpg 

 

Showing numerous ossicles close up,

 

starfish_001.jpg 

 

Another spine,

 

starfish_005.jpg 

 

A section through the flint shows many calcite ossicles integrated into the internal core.

 

Not sure if anyone can tell me a species, probably quite hard to tell from the pics.

 

Thanks,

 

H

 
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FossilFanatic
Sorry can't help on species, but a great find! Looks like there is lots of pieces in there, good to look closely at! 
Let their be fossils!
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dinogary
great find mate, did the come from the cliff??
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Naze Dave
Interesting find, dont think they are common in flint at all.
Thanks
Dave
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hooken

Thanks Guys,


Found In a cliff slump of mashed up chalk and flint and Triassic mudstone
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