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May. 27th, 2009 @ 10:43 am Fossil from Egypt - what is it?
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I was on vacation in Sharm-El-Sheikh, Egypt. Some of the hotel outside walls are made of the coral stone, which have lots of impregnations, little shells mostly.

Stone itself. Sized aprrox. 50x30cm (20"x12")


Accidentally I found one inclusion which catched my eye. Have a look at it.

Closeup on the fossil


Now can someone tell me what it is and is it worth for paleontology?

[ Link to the gallery with full-size pictures ]

Thanks!

x-posted to geology, rockhounds, fossil_hunters
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From:jwaneeta
Date:May 27th, 2009 06:10 pm (UTC)
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Wow, I have no idea what that is, but it's cool as anything.

(It looks like a coral, maybe?)
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From:electragiselle
Date:May 27th, 2009 06:52 pm (UTC)
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Looks like a tube worm embedded in limestone. Pretty common.

I've seen and collected similar material in the limestone heavy regions of Texas.

Neat Fossil!

From:sac_a_puce
Date:December 27th, 2010 12:47 am (UTC)
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Gorgeous detail! The five-fold symmetry is typical of an echinoderm so I would take look at crinoids and their close relatives. Sea urchins have an elaborate Aristotle's lantern inside their test but I don't remember it being nearly this complex.