Porifera ID help

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    Lance Comfort

    Recently picked this piece up on Myrtle Beach SC.  It appears to be a chambered sponge, possibly in Sphinctozoa.  I have attached close up pics of the Horizontal septa between the chambers and another of what I believe to be the spicules.  Greatly appreciate help on identification.  Thanks….Lance

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    Jack Kallmeyer

    @lance-comfort Lance, I agree that the last photo does indeed look like sponge spicules so I believe it is a sponge.  That’s about as much help as I can give you as there are lots of kinds of sponges and my minimal knowledge is in the Ordovician ones.  Are you a member of the North Carolina Fossil Club?  If not, I think you should join as I’d bet there are people there that could be more helpful on these NC fossils.  @lmccall  Another thing to check is the first entry at the top of the What is it? Forum.  It is called “Fossil specialties + contacts.” This has a list of fossil experts and their specialties.  Maybe you can find someone there that could help further.

    Lance Comfort

    @jkallmeyer @lmccall Thanks Jack.  Yes I am a member, but just recently and have not made any contacts yet.  Thanks for the advice and confirmation….Lance

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