Conostichus ornatus

    These beautiful occurrences of Conostichus ornatus (?)  are found on the top bedding surface within a wave-dominated deltaic shoreface (Wall Creek Member of the Frontier Formation, Powder River Basin, Wyoming).  These trace-fossils are interpreted as Bergaueria - resting imprints - that preserve cnidarian basal pedal imprints.  Note the twelve fold radial symmetry of the physa.  Other investigators have argued that these impressions should be interpreted as "button corals" -- which, are common in the Cretaceous rock record.  I would refer the reader to the following two images taken of a modern captive carpet anemone (Stichodactyla haddoni).  The individual organism in the lower images has attached itself to the side of the aquarium glass and the radial pattern in soft-tissue structures (physa) are easily seen.  The first image provides scale and the second image is provided for detailed viewing of the of the organism's pedal disk. home page

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