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Oct 13, 2012 3:52 PM

Fossils?

Hi,

 

We found these at St Mary's Bay, Brixham, Devon.  My 6 year old daughter would love to know what they are.  Any replies would be appreciated. Thanks very much.  Sorry there is no ruler for scale.

 

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    Oct 13, 2012 11:18 PM (in response to hayley)
    Re: Fossils?

    hi

    these are parts of the "stem" of an animal called a Crinoid. the common name for them is the sea lilly, but that is missleading as they are in fact a type of animal.

     

    the stem would attach the Crinoids to a hold-fast allowing the rest of the animal which would look much like a flower (hence sea lilly) to float in the water filtering food from the water.

     

    there are many fossil types and some types that are still around in the sea today

     

    http://tolweb.org/onlinecontributors/app?service=external/ViewImageData&sp=2000

     

    they are a nice find, and fun to collect.

    hope that helps

    Happy hunting

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      Oct 13, 2012 11:28 PM (in response to Jam)
      Re: Fossils?

      Yep, I'd say the same, sections of Crinoid stems or individual ossicles

      some nice little finds there!

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