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Gandalf the White

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I found this on the fossil walk in the small ravine section on the other side of wrens nest main site. I found this fossil just lying down on the floor so I picked it up and went on my way. The main reason why other fossil hunters at wrens nest might not of found it is due to the lack of light in the area because of the overhanging trees and the lack of fossil hunters who actually go there. Please may you Identify this to the best of your knowledge.

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Gandalf the White

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I also found this sea snail in the exact same ravine like area but it was a few moths before.

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Hi, In your first photos I think this is a chunk of reef rather than just one coral - have I seen brachiopods and possibly bryozoans ( have a good look with a x20 lens). The photo of the gastropod is Poleumita sp.
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Gandalf the White

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Are you sure because there are coral like lines on the side of the coral shown in picture four which gives me the idea that it is just one massive coral not a concretion of corals off of a reef.

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Gandalf the White

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I think it looks rather like this coral I found on google

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Gandalf the White

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The sea snail like mollusc looks very similar to your profile picture. 😄
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Hi, your coral doesn't seem to have any corallites and the growth lines you indicate seem horizontal rather than vertical. Could it be a stromatoporoid.
Just a thought. Here's one from Estonia:

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I agree with Pete that it's a stromatoporoid rather than coral - an important reef-building component nonetheless. The growth lines are characteristic of these organisms.
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Hi, the specimen is definitely a stromatoporoid and the upper surface also show significant circular trypanites type borings which might be attributable to gastropods. A nice specimen. Look closely on the upper surface and the underside for encrusting bryozoans.
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Gandalf the White

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Thanks! :)
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