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Coral

Senckenberg Nature Museum Frankfurt

Senckenberg Nature Museum Frankfurt

Corals have populated the world’s oceans for as long as 500 million years. At first glance, the fossil representatives are barely distinguishable from their modern relatives. However, a detailed inspection reveals that the prehistoric corals showed a different structure than any of their living representatives. The Tabulata, which also include Pleurodictyum, are primarily colony-forming corals, i.e., several polyps construct a joint coral outcrop. At the end of the Permian, approx. 250 million years ago, they disappeared without a trace, and only several million years later, coral reefs were once again documented in the fossil record.

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Details

  • Title: Coral
  • Location: Eifel, Germany
  • Type: original
  • Rights: Sven Tränkner Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung
  • size: 25 cm
  • scientific name: Pleurodictyum sp.
  • geological Age: Early Devonian
  • age: 405 mil. years

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