• MacKenzie Smith posted a new activity comment 1 year, 1 month ago

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    @aubrey-miller@jbauer I think it’s coral too but I don’t think it’s Acropora. I’ve worked with modern Acropora from the Maldives and what really defines that genus are large, distinct corallites (calcified tubes where the polyp is) which I do not see evidence of in this specimen. While this genus is notorious for taking on different growth forms…[Read more]

  • Jennifer Bauer posted a new activity comment 1 year, 1 month ago

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    Hi, @aubrey-miller – it is possible that it is a fossil coral. It’s difficult to tell without really looking closely at the sample. I don’t know much about more recent corals but your classification looks correct – if that’s what this specimen is. I’ll tag in a few local experts who may have been out collecting a bit more than I have in the area -…[Read more]

    • @aubrey-miller @jbauer I think it’s coral too but I don’t think it’s Acropora. I’ve worked with modern Acropora from the Maldives and what really defines that genus are large, distinct corallites (calcified tubes where the polyp is) which I do not see evidence of in this specimen. While this genus is notorious for taking on different growth forms…[Read more]

    • I’d agree with the fossil coral @mackenzie-smith and @jbauer mentioned. I’m afraid I won’t be able to clarify it further. Although, the typical preservation of this agatized coral specimen is interesting. In the second photo features what appear to be some druzy brown/orange crystals. The original coral material has been replaced by silica…[Read more]