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Insight for fossil?


PaulW.   03-11-2016 om 03:10

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The photo is of a fossil I found in a creek bed in Alberta. I used my tile saw to cut the rock in half and it revealed this 5cm long structure. Looking at the rock the long structure is the same as the round ones but from a different profile. In the same area I have found coral like fossils so I suspect its some sort of mollusk. Any ideas would be appreciated.

[Edited by PaulW. on 02-11-2016 at 03:10 GMT +1]

[Edited by PaulW. on 02-11-2016 at 03:11 GMT +1]

 
PaulW.   03-11-2016 om 03:12

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oops, here it is.

 
hubertus68   03-11-2016 om 07:17

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Dear Paul,

I sure that these are fossilized foraminifers. They supposedly belong to the family Nummulitidae.


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Spongebob   03-11-2016 om 20:30

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quote:
hubertus68 schreef:
I sure that these are fossilized foraminifers. They supposedly belong to the family Nummulitidae.



I would go for some belemnite remains.
The long one sliced diagonally.


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KoenJ   03-11-2016 om 20:55

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Do you know anything about the deposits it's from? Do you have any info on the geological period?

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sjaak   03-11-2016 om 20:59

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quote:
Spongebob schreef:
quote:
hubertus68 schreef:
I sure that these are fossilized foraminifers. They supposedly belong to the family Nummulitidae.



I would go for some belemnite remains.
The long one sliced diagonally.



I agree

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hubertus68   03-11-2016 om 22:05

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quote:
Spongebob schreef:
quote:
hubertus68 schreef:
I sure that these are fossilized foraminifers. They supposedly belong to the family Nummulitidae.



I would go for some belemnite remains.
The long one sliced diagonally.



Now that Spongebob mentioned possible belemnite remains I became unsure. Maybe I posted my answer a bit too early (about 7 am). But I don't want to withdraw my opinion right now. It would also be informative to get some information about the size of these fossils.
And it would certainly be advantageous to get some close-ups...

Oliver

 
PaulW.   03-11-2016 om 23:19

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Wow, thanks for all the input. I really am an amateur and have no idea about formation age etc. I always am on the lookout however and have found sharks teeth and coral nearby and I was quite excited after running this through the tile saw! Heres a photo for scale. Im leaning toward belemnite after seeing the different photos online, I will also post a photo of the weathered exterior of the rock (I saw an online photo of a belemnite which was almost identical to the exterior one)

 
PaulW.   03-11-2016 om 23:28

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Exterior shot

 
hubertus68   03-11-2016 om 23:46

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Quite clearly belemnites.

 
KoenJ   04-11-2016 om 07:57

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I agree. In the red 'circle' (I'm not the best in drawing on a phone) you can see the start of the phragmacone, see LINK.

Belemnites were quite abundant during the jurassic and cretaceous period, so chances are this find has that age. But they are also found in older deposits.

If you want to take your hobby to a higher level, it might be interesting to check a geological map from the location you've been to.



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