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We spotted this on Minehead beach today adjacent to one of the beach groins.
It looks like a wax honeycomb fossil, but I have also seen coral fossils of the same appearance.
We left it in situ, and didn’t think to use anything to demonstrate the scale - sorry.
We would value anyone else’s opinion.
Is it rare as some websites suggest it may be??
Should we retrieve it?
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estwing
Coral, I would say
Tarquin will surely give you the id for it
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Dirty Pete
Hi Quantox,
Minehead I think is Triassic/L Jurassic and that rock looks suspiciously Carboniferous. Maybe brought in to bolster sea defences. 
As for the coral, maybe some kind of Siphonodendron. I could be totally wrong but as Estwing says this is one for TqB.
Cheers
Pete

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Brittle Star
Hi,

I seem to remember (possibly incorrectly) that there are restrictions to collecting fossils at Minehead. Tried to look online but cannot find anything at the moment. 
JW

 Never ask a star fish for directions
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Quantox
Thanks everyone we did not venture back down to the beach. So it remains in situ. We will see if it is still visible when we return in the summer.
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CurtKnap
If Carboniferous (which seems likely), it's probably a Michelinia sp.
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TqB
I agree with Curt, Michelinia. Not rare but a nice looking specimen - I'd collect it if it's manageable and if it's legal there...
Tarquin
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Quantox
If anyone is interested, in ‘harvesting’ this fossil (if it’s legal etc...), I can show you on a map where I found it
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