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Brent 1863, 320: Echinus.- I have every reason to believe the little \ echinus \" was a charm or curiosity stored by the deceased and not a native fossil of the chalk from its polished appearance as well as from the fact that similar relics have been found in graves. M. L. F. Jehan in his work on Brittany I think mentions such things as occurring in Celtic interments. La Bretagne Esquisses Pittoresques et Archéologiques. – J.B."Fossil echinus, Spatangus cor-anguinum, polished and evidently kept as charm.Possibly catalogue number KAS 482. The catalogue (Payne 1892a, 31) indicates that 482 is a \Fossil Echinus and Belemnite.\" – D.H."