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    @vperez – this is a specimen in the UMMP database, not myFOSSIL – should have specified, sorry. @cindy-lockner – I think you got it! Someone must have dropped the bi- prefix. Thanks for your insight!! Sometimes the typos are just enough that googling simply doesn’t provide any results!

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    Hi everyone, I am cleaning up our database and ran into a name I couldn’t find but the specimen is recorded as being from the Miocene of the Calvert Cliffs  so I wonder if @vperez or @bill-heim may recognize a typo that is causing my google searches to fail… It is likely (but not necessarily) an invertebrate: Cordula idonea

    • Hey Jen! Can you send a link to the specimen in question? I don’t recognize the name either, but may be able to recognize the specimen if I saw it. When I search myFOSSIL for Cordula no results come up.

    • Hi Jennifer- could it be Bicorbula idonea?

    • @vperez – this is a specimen in the UMMP database, not myFOSSIL – should have specified, sorry. @cindy-lockner – I think you got it! Someone must have dropped the bi- prefix. Thanks for your insight!! Sometimes the typos are just enough that googling simply doesn’t provide any results!

    • Thanks for catching that. I was starting to go through my invertebrate references. Fortunately, I took the time to mask up and decontaminate with plenty of sanitizer afterwards.

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    Ah, @patrick-hsieh. Cyrtina makes more sense! Yeah, there are some minor things on your specimen that don’t seem to match any of the genera super well. Sometimes there are just weird forms! I think the diagnostic utility of costae can vary between different brachiopod groups X.x

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    I agree with the sea urchin identification & double down with @patrick-hsieh‘s suggestion to use and explore the echinoid directory – it’s such a great resource with amazing images. You could update your taxonomy to be Phylum Echinodermata, Class Echinoidea

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    Hi all – interesting finds, @a-trilobite. I think I agree with @nathan-newell on this one – it’s hard to pick out anything that’s definitely biological in these specimens.

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    Thanks for the tag, @matthew-gramling.
    I agree with @patrick-hsieh that it is some form of chain coral, Halysites is a good guess – it’s a common genus.

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    Thanks for tagging me in @matthew-gramling – sorry I am a bit slow, I have been struggling to keep up with all my social media accounts.
    @kyle-eichhorn – any new photos after the prep like one of your notes suggests? It’s hard to see what’s what in those images but when things are in matrix like that it often is. Nucleocrinids are often quite…[Read more]

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    Thanks @daniel-park! These are relatively old museum dioramas that were made into 3D so we didn’t have much say on the animals! Cenozoic dioramas coming eventually!

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    New Life through the Ages digital dioramas are available on UM Online Repository of Fossils (UMORF). Paleozoic & Mesozoic dioramas are up and in the beta-testing phase so please send along constructive feedback!

    https://umorf.ummp.lsa.umich.edu/wp/life-through-the-ages-dioramas/ #fossil #event #collectionsite

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    Hi @patrick-hsieh & @smoran – I don’t think it is Cyrtospirifer, there isn’t a clear fold and sulcus like I would expect with that genus. It looks more similar to Platyrachella but again no fold and one valve appears to be pretty flat maybe a little concave? I am not sure it is a spiriferid, why were you thinking that? Maybe some context would help.

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    @mark-ryan – this is very interesting. It’s so fun to speculate!!! Especially when everything is so unknown. It’s certainly a possibility that the single star shaped feature is an astrorhizae – but I’ve never only seen one have you? Usually it’s a whole mess across a surface, usually associated with monticules – but these are usuals, there are…[Read more]

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    Hi @vperez and @danita-brandt – I can’t say much past what Danita has already guessed. It’s possibly a columnal or a holdfast… certainly echinoderm material but not being super familiar with the location or formation I’m not much use.

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    Hi @vperez and @jacob-beasecker – I agree more with Jacob’s identification of Cayugaea. It is difficult to tell with a weathered corallite. Jacob do you have a copy of the Strata and Megafossils of the Middle Devonian Silica Formation? It was recently (last 6 ish years) reprinted with really nice images. Talk soon, Jen

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    @smoran this is another Atrypida specimen if @jacob-beasecker wants to narrow down the taxonomy to the order, but again – hard to get to a species ID with only one view.

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    Hi @smoran I would agree that this seems to be a Pseudoatrypa but it is difficult to confirm species ID from one image. If @jacob-beasecker would like to post additional images I could take another look. Are you from Michigan, Jacob? Glad to see more local fossils on the site!

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    Hi all @samantha-ocon@matthew-gramling@sarah-gripe@leonardo-miranda interesting find. I would guess it would be a smushed conulariid (jelly fish relative) or a straight cephalopod. Location indicates probably Mississippian in age.
    It looks like a mold which makes it hard to tell but conulariids have perpendicular ornamentation – which you seem…[Read more]

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    I agree, this is a chain coral. Halysites is a good guess, I’m not 100% sure but it is a common genus here is the classification info: https://paleobiodb.org/classic/basicTaxonInfo?taxon_no=4897

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    Hi @mark-ryan & @vperez – this is a weird one. I am not sure about stromatoporoid, those are calcified so I would expect better preservation. It’s possible that the circular bit on the ‘bottom’ is a nucleation point for a sponge or something trying to anchor down – so it could be an unrelated animal piece. That star shaped pattern on top is also…[Read more]

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