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Ian + Joan
Does any one know what these creatures were and how they were formed ? IMG_2030.jpg  IMG_2031.jpg  IMG_2033.jpg 
 Found by the side of the River Wear in County Durham
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Dirty Pete
Corals together with bivalves/brachiopods/crinoids broken up then buried and fossilised within lime mud sediment on a presumably Carboniferous seafloor.

Pete 
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Ian + Joan
Ah I see, thanks for the info Pete, so would they have lived in the Zechstein sea and if so approx now old could they be ?
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Dirty Pete
I'm not familiar with the geology up there so I assumed it was Carboniferous (350 million) but If it's Permian Magnesian Limestone (Zechstein sea), that'd make it approx 255 million years old. Maybe someone will recognise it.

Pete.
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prep01
Nice! where were these from please? They look to be of Carbonierous age, but we need to know where they were found. It would also help if you included a better scale in your photos. As Pete says, there are also brachiopods annd other shell ddebris.
Colin Huller
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Ian + Joan
Thank's guys, We found it on the banks of the River Wear near Bishop Auckland in County Durham it is approx 17cm x 15cm x 8cm and the first thing we have found so far hopefully not the last as it can be somewhat addictive this fossil hunting lark  😊
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Narlgoth
Really nice corals! 👌🏻
- Brad
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