Horn corals

Scientifically these corals are known as the Rugosa, to fossil hunters they are horn corals because of a unique horn-shaped chamber with a wrinkled, or rugose, wall.

Because of their shape the Rugosa are one of the most well-known and easily recognizable corals.

They are an extinct order of coral that were abundant in Middle Ordovician to Late Permian seas.

Some rugosans reached nearly a meter in length.

Like modern corals, rugose corals lived on the sea floor or in a reef. They had tentacles to help them catch prey.

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