1.7" Cretaceous Conulariid Fossil - Kansas

This is a 1.2" long coulariid fossil that was collected from the Lane Shale of Kansas City, Kansas.

Conulariids are a poorly understood clade of extinct scyphozoan cnidarians. They are preserved in the fossil record as shell-like structures made up of rows of calcium phosphate rods. New rods were added as the organism grew in length; the rod-based growth falsely gives the fossils a segmented appearance. Exceptional soft-part preservation has revealed that soft tentacles protruded from the wider end of the cone, and a holdfast from the pointed end attached the organisms to hard substrate. The prevailing reconstruction of the organism has it look superficially like a sea anemone sitting inside an angular, hard cone held perpendicular to the substrate.


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SPECIES
Order Conulariida
LOCATION
Kansas City, Kansas
FORMATION
Lane Shale
SIZE
1.7" long
ITEM
#143476
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