my wife found a fossil out at the claim

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my wife found this out at my groups claim here in southern nevada, pretty sure its a fossil but the "all seeing all knowing" google could not help with identifying it. i know nevada used to be underwater xxx years ago, this looks like something that might have lived on the floor of that ocean. hope someone can help this.
 

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ok so after going through seemingly endless sideroads on the subject of prehistoric life that could have lived in the pre-nevada ocean , i have drawn my own conclusion (subject to change if someone has better information) that while it looks like a fossil, i think it is more of a type of fossilized coral that "lived" around 100 to 500 million years ago. this conclusion was arrived at based on similar images of forms of life. so now i will be looking for gold at night on the claim (due to it being quite hot here during the day in the desert mountains where the claim is) then i will be spending some of my mornings looking for more fossilized coral type rocks.
 

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I believe your beat up ( cool fossil, just tough to ID ) specimen is shown upside down. Look up crinoids. An echinoderm that is still living today, but also found in 400 to 500 million year old deposits.
 
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crinoids. interesting.....upside down, how can you tell? i was "presuming" that is where the "stem" is/was where the "top" is/was, did not find anything that could determine its up/down positioning.
 

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