FOSSILS SPECIMEN: CORAL

Fossils are defined as any evidence of prehistoric life. There are two types of fossils: Body Fossils include remains of skeletal bones, shell, carapace, test and teeth. Trace Fossils are clues the organism existed such as foot prints, tracks, burrows and coprolites (fossil dung).

The phylum Cnidaria consist of coral, sea jellies, sea anenomes, sea pens, and fresh water hydras. Although there are fossils of all these groups, coral are the most common cnidarians preserved in the fossil record. To see my modern coral specimen click here. To see my model and toy cnidarians click here.

Domain: Eukary – Kingdom: Animalia – Phylum: Cnidaria

(coral)

Ediacaran (Upper Precambrian) to Holocene

Roguse (horn coral)

Paleozoic

North America

Roguse (horn coral)

Paleozoic

North America

Roguse (horn coral)

Paleozoic

North America

Horn Coral Lyphophyllidum plummeri

Pennsylvanian

(Upper Carboniferous)

Finis Shale, Graham Formation, Jacksboro, Jack County, Texas

Horn Coral Lyphophyllidum

Pennsylvanian

(Upper Carboniferous)

Mineral Wells Fossil Park, Palo Pinto County, Texas

Horn Coral Lyphophyllidum plummeri

Pennsylvanian

(Upper Carboniferous)

west Mineral Wells roadcut Palo Pinto County, Texas

Coral Rugosa (Horn Coral)

[bent growth]

Paleozoic

North America

Coral Balanophyllia desmophylum

Eocene

Stone City Formation

Bryan, Texas

Coral Rugosa (Horn Coral) in limestone

Paleozoic

North America

Coral Rugosa (Horn Coral) section

Paleozoic

North America

Coral Rugosa (Horn Coral) imprint

Paleozoic

North America

Coral Recrystalized (colonial)

Paleozoic

North America

Coral Hexagonal (colonial)

Devonian

North America

Coral Hexagonal (colonial)

Paleozic

North America

Coral Deap Sea (colonial)

Paleozic

North America

Favasites coral (colonial)

Silurian

Tennessee

Coral Favosites sp. (colonial)

Silurian

Tennessee

Haysites coral (colonial)

Paleozoic

North America

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