Horn Coral / Tool? / just a rock....

Leon

Digital Camera Moderator
#1
Hello all...
I found these while walking the dogs along the creek yesterday. The first one is what's know as Rugosa, or ( Horn Coral ). You can click on the link for further info about it. I have found several of these in this creek and I alway kept an eye out for them. This is one of the better ones I have recovered. They are extinct and were abundant in middle "Ordovician" Period (488.3±1.7 to 443.7±1.5 million years ago) to the late "Permian" Period ( 299.0 ± 0.8 to 251.0 ± 0.4 million years ago) It measures approx: 3-3/4"L x 2"D at it widest point.


This next one may just be a rock but I was hoping to get some opinions from you all. I though it may be a piece to some type of tool? It measures approx: 2-5/8"L x 1-1/2"W. It has some groves worn somewhat diagonally along the sides that seem to be a pretty good fit for my fingers as I grab hold of it. What do ya all think?


This small rock has some type of fossils in it and I thought it was pretty neat so I grabbed it... Any info on it would be great..


I hope you enjoy viewing and I know very little about rock so any comments on any of these would be greatly appreciated...
Thanks, & Have a great day...
 

Leon

Digital Camera Moderator
#4
Thanks guys,, Ya, I know very little about rocks or fossils but I thought they were neat..

" Geo-fact: a rock, bone, shell, or the like that has been modified by natural processes to appear to look like an artifact. "
Thanks Howey.. I had to look it up but that's about what I figured too. Never hurts to check though and I did learn something new in the process...
Thanks again guys, & Have a great day...
 
#7
Wow - great photos and finds

Sheeesh, wish I had a creek nearby that had finds like yours. Your photographs are excellent - I once took my finds to a Paleontologist at the Smithsonian for things I found at a VA creek and found out they were greater than 300 million years old.l Have you considered looking at a local university, or museum to see if they can identify? Zooming on your last photo makes me think I am look at some sort of art!... Thanks much for sharing.
 

Leon

Digital Camera Moderator
#10
Sheeesh, wish I had a creek nearby that had finds like yours. Your photographs are excellent - I once took my finds to a Paleontologist at the Smithsonian for things I found at a VA creek and found out they were greater than 300 million years old.l Have you considered looking at a local university, or museum to see if they can identify? Zooming on your last photo makes me think I am look at some sort of art!... Thanks much for sharing.
Thank Dave,,, Congrats! on the over 300 million year old finds. That's definitely a long time ago. The area of the creek I'm finding these things is right near the center of town and there is a lot of newer " man made " stones there as well so it does surprise that there is anything like these to be even be found there. I did send some photos of an object to one of the local universities once to try and get it identified and they were a big help. The item turned out to only be some sort of iron with encrustation all around it that made it look like an old piece of wood. I thought it may have been an old piece to a bow tip. I found the post for the "Bow Tip?" so I thought I would come back to post the link: Petrified Bow Tip? I thought I really had something there... :icon_tong
Nice coral! Never seen one that big around here where we live. We have some smaller ones we call "dog tooth" corals.
Pretty cool on the dog tooth coral. Hadn't ever heard of those before. Do they look anything like the horn coral?.. I'll have to do a google and see if I can't find a few photos..

I first discovered what the horn coral was on this site after posting a few of them I had found about this time last year. Out4gold Id'ed them for me... :bthumb:
Here's a link to that post if your interested in seeing it... Fossils?, or what?..

Thanks for all the comments guys, & Have a great day, Leon...
 
#11
Yep they look exactly like the horn coral you got. Maybe its the same thing just a smaller version. The biggest ones I seen around here are about an inch and a half long and maybe 3/4 of an inch at the widest end.
 
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