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Suebstes
Hi, I’m new to this so can you Help me identify this fossil I found in a local tributary of a river in Northumberland. It’s very heavy and I can usually find small similar ones at the local beach.
Also can you tell me how I found this in this random place. The last 2 photos are a small one from the local beach. 
thanks
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Brittle Star
Looks like you have more than one species of coral. Someone from that area will give you a name I expect. 
JW

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estwing
Defo coral, Tarquin will tell you exactly what it is...
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Bobo the bear
One could be Siphonodendron?
Bobothebear
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TqB
I agree, looks like Siphonodendron junceum for both of them. The large solitary coral in the small piece looks like a Dibunophyllum bipartitum.

As for random places - these corals are common in much of the local lower Carboniferous limestone bedrock. The area has also been heavily glaciated (all the way down to not far north of London) so specimens can crop up pretty well anywhere the glaciers went, deposited in Boulder Clay. They're common finds right down the east coast.
Tarquin
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Suebstes
Thank you for all your very useful information, I’m looking forward to doing more fossil hunting when this dreadful time is over.
stay safe
sue 
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