Paleonet: Help with some fossils

Magdalena Gill coppercarbonate at
Sun Jun 22 20:47:19 GMT 2014

I notice that all the fossils are aligned in the same way, i.e. the narrow
ends are pointing in the same direction. This would be very odd if they
were some type of cephalopod. (I have seen nautiloids in sandstone btw, in
a glacial erratic in Poland- probably sourced in Scandinavia somewhere).

My best guess is that it might be a storm bed of horn corals, buried in a
single event, but it is hard to tell without a handlens and closer look.

On Sun, Jun 22, 2014 at 1:33 PM, Simon Darroch <simon.darroch at>

> Are they perhaps straight-shelled cephalopods (even nautiloids)? The
> paleoenvironment would be odd if it's interpeted as fresh- or brackish
> water (I may be misunderstanding this bit in your message - are there plant
> fossils in the same section?), first glance the 'cones' seem
> chambered. If not, let me know and I'll have another think. - Simon Darroch
> On Thu, Jun 12, 2014 at 7:37 AM, Jinzhuang Xue <pkuxue at> wrote:
>> Dear all,
>>      The attached is a picture showing some conical things horizontally
>> laying on the bedding plane of sandstones. They look like stromatolite but
>> they are not.  But, are they trace fossils? sedimentary structures? or
>> anything else?  We are wondering if anyone here could help us for
>> identifying them.  Has anyone found similar things before?  Thanks a lot in
>> advance.  The age of the rock is Late Devonian Famennian, and the
>> depositional environments may be swamps near coastal area.
>> All the best,
>> Jinzhuang Xue
>> Peking University
>> pkuxue at
>> 2014-06-12
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