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I'm new to the area and to paleontology. I went to Seafield tower yesterday and found a few things I'd love to have an identification for. In particular the tooth, which does not seem to match the pictures I could find of Ctenopetalus serratus.

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There's also these two specimens from the same day. Is that a plant, a coral?

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Thank you in advance for your help.


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Hello Blanche and welcome to the forum. Would this be Seafield in Northumberland or another one?
Colin Huller
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hello Colin,

Thank you for your welcome! This is the Seafield Tower site in Scotland, just south of Kirkcaldy.

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Barrow Museum
The coastal exposures around Seafield Tower (Fife) are predominantly Carboniferous sediments, interbedded with basaltic lava and volcanic ashfall deposits of the same age.  What you have found looks like a small solitary coral and a fragment of a somewhat larger one (identified by the radiating divisions, (septae) in the cross-section.  At first glance, I thought it was bryozoan, but on closer inspection I suspect the network pattern visible on the last image is in fact the internal structure, exposed where the outer coral layer has been broken away.  I only see photos of two items here.  Is there a third missing?

I assume you were alerted to the site from its entry in , where it is described as one f the best fossil-hunting localities in rocks of this age in the UK.  As you are local, I'd encourage you to go back and search for more - I doubt you will be disappointed.
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I agree with Barrow Museum, both are solitary Carboniferous corals. The tooth like one (somewhat crushed) is close to, or even actually, Zaphrentis sp, though there is a whole tricky group of broadly similar ones and it could even be a juvenile of something else.
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