Despite its appearance, coral is a colony of small animals living in the sea.
Timescale: Coral has been around for a long time, about 5000 million years ago.
|This is agatised coral from Florida. This means that the coral has changed into agate. This shows both sides. Size: 17mm|
|This is Red Horn coral from Utah. The end is polished to show the colour and internal structure. Size: 36mm|
|These pieces of fossilised coral were found on the beach at Howth, near Dublin. They are Canina, a solitary coral in the Carboniferous Period (300 million years old). Some were perforated with serpulid worms while decaying. Sizes: 15mm-55mm|
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