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A paramoudra trace fossil with a hole at the top and cylindrical cavity at centre. The cavity has a porous, bone coloured, fossilised surface. At the bottom of the cavity are several worm-like forms. The fossil is ovoid in shape when viewed from above and has distinctive nipped lower half when viewed from the side.
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This paramoudra fossil was found by Scott McAslow on the beach north of Waitara in 1997. Paramoudra are cylindrical fossils made of a calcium carbonate 'concrete'. They are usually found among stones on the beach, and often have a central hole. They are also known as 'Māori sinkers' because of their shape, which is similar to sinkers used by Māori in earlier times.
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