Scleractinian coral fossil

Scleractinian coral fossil

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Credit: NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, LONDON/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Scleractininan coral (Thecosmilia trichotoma) fossil. This colonial coral is an ancestor of modern corals. This specimen dates to the Bathonian age of the Middle Jurassic, around 167-164 million years ago. It was found in Nattheim, Germany.

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