Paleonet: Need help w ossible Miocene sponge spicule

Joseph Botting acutipuerilis at
Tue Apr 12 22:52:23 UTC 2016

Hi David, 
    I'm going to go with trichome, as well. Aside from the size, there are a few things that just don't look right - not least the fact that it seems to have seven branches, and the preservation, which appears to be organic rather than siliceous...   Best regards, 

      From: David Kopaska-Merkel <davidkm at>
 To: PaleoNet <paleonet at> 
 Sent: Tuesday, 12 April 2016, 10:16
 Subject: Paleonet: Need help w ossible Miocene sponge spicule
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