Modern Coral and Fossil (image) University of Texas at Austin Share Print E-Mail Caption A modern day coral Flabellum pavoninum (right) and a fossilized relative that lived during a period of rapid climate change about 56 million years ago. Corals of this type are solitary and are thought to be better suited to survive warming and acidification caused by climate change than reef-forming corals. Credit Opencage/Wikimedia and Anna Weiss/ The University of Texas Jackson School of Geosciences. Usage Restrictions Include photo credit Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.