Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Favosites "Emmonsia" tuberosa

Favosites "Emmonsia" tuberosa found in the Jeffersonville Limestone in Jefferson County, Kentucky (Louisville).  Originally named by Carl Rominger in 1876.  Identified using Silurian and Devonian Corals of the Falls of the Ohio by E.C. Stumm, 1964 (page 68).  Coral existed in the Middle Devonian Period (397 to 385 million years ago consisting of the Givetian and Eifelian Stages).

Described as "Corallum hemispherical to elongate subcylindrical, composed of pentagonal or hexagonal corallites averaging 3 mm in diameter interspersed with smaller trigonal or tetragonal corallites. All corallites with thin walls. Squamulae prominent but relatively short, typically about 1 mm long. Mural pores very large, either parallel or offset biserial. Tabulae typically incomplete, wavy, closely set."



Dark Slander said...
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Dark Slander said...

Removed the last one due to many spelling errors.

I happen to hunt similar areas when I'm in the IN/KY area every year or so. I do believe I may have a specimen which I couldn't identify which look similar to the one you showcased in this post.

I found it outside of Louisville in a road cut.

Great blog, keep it up.

Anonymous said...

I live in Ontario, Canada and have discovered 6 incredible fossils out back behind my building. They are intricate and quite well formed, I have identified them as corals, I believe a few different types but I would love to have a second opinion. I have taken some pictures of the biggest and most intricate one, I believe it is some kind of favosites coral, do you think I could email them to you for a second opinion? My email is sniffyface@hotmail.com

Thanks for reading!