• Corina Fernandes posted a new specimen in the group Group logo of Beach FossilsBeach Fossils from the myFOSSIL app 1 year, 1 month ago

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    Corina Fernandes has contributed a new specimen to myFOSSIL!

    • Hi, @corina-fernandes! Favosites went extinct during the Permian-Triassic transition, so the time period on this is wrong (or perhaps the ID is wrong). Unfortunately, I’m not too great with coral IDs, so I’m going to tag in @JBauer and @Mackenzie-Smith.

    • Thank you @samantha-ocon. Probably I identified wrong the fossil. The area where I found the specimen is the cretaceous period for sure. I will asking for the help of @JBauer or @mackenzie-smith. Thanks 🙂

    • @samantha-ocon is correct, there are no Favosites in the Mesozoic. I was looking at a geological map of the area and there is a Paleozoic Plutonic Complex nearby. Plutonic implies that it is igneous in nature (so no fossils) but where it is a “complex” I don’t know if there might be a sedimentary layer. Favosites are a tabulate coral meaning that if you were to cut one of those tubes (corallites) from top to bottom you would see tiny layers that look like shelves. My personal guess (and I think @JBauer can speak more on this than I can) is that it is a Demosponge. They are Mesozoic and can also look like this. There are other corals during this time but I would expect to see septa. Bryozoa would be another possibility but I don’t know of any that are that thick. @corina-fernandes

    • I appreciated your clear explanation about this element @mackenzie-smith. I don”t geological formation, but the hypothesis that this is a demosponge is very possible. Thank you for your help :). am going to wait for the @JBauer opinion

    • Hi all- @mackenzie-smith @samantha-ocon @corina-fernandes – MacKenzie had excellent information. It can’t be a tabulate coral, it could be scleractinian but we should expect to see septae (which radiate into the open spaces like wagon wheels). Which we don’t see here. I don’t think it’s a bryozoan so I agree with MacKenzie’s demosponge idea. There are other possibilities for colonial animals but we are extending outside my Mesozoic knowledge.

    • Thank you very much @jbauer for you help. I found one specimen that maybe can help identify this speciment. Thanks for all! @samantha-ocon @mackenzie-smith and @jbauer