13" Moroccan Crinoid (Scyphocrinites) Plate

This is a plate with a Silurian aged, Scyphocrinites elegans crinoid from Boutschrafin, Erfoud, Morocco. As with basically all crinoid specimens from this locality the matrix is heavily repaired and the stem is likely a composite, as they come out of the ground in many pieces. The large crinoid is 7.6" tall and the entire plate 13 x 10" Comes with a display stand.

Crinoids where animals which were rooted to the floor of the ocean by a stem and had many armored feeding arms which they used to filter the water for food. They first appeared in the Ordovician period and are still alive today.

The Scyphocrinites crinoids are quarried around Erfoud, Morocco by digging straight down 16 feet until the layer is reached. Once the crinoid horizon is located a tunnel is dug along it by hand. The rock, dirt and crinoid slabs must then be hauled to the surface in baskets where they are reassembled and prepared. So it is a very labor intensive process to bring a beautiful crinoid plate like this one to market.
Scyphocrinites elegans
Boutschrafin, Erfoud, Morocco
Largest crinoid 7.6", Plate 13 x 10"
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