14" Plate With Two Large Fossil Crinoids (Encrinus) - Germany

 
This is a large, 14" tall plate containing two well preserved and prepared Encrinus liliiformis crinoids from Alverdissen, Germany. They come from the Muschelkalk Formation which is Traissic in age. Both of the specimens are quite large and 3D with long stems. Including the stems one crinoid measures 15" and the other 8.5"

As with most specimens available from this formation the surrounding rock has been heavily repaired and stabilized with epoxy. This is required as the shale they are found in is typically quite fractured. The only restoration on the crinoids themselves is a small section of stem on the smaller one where a crack runs through it.

Comes with a display stand.

Crinoids, sometimes commonly referred to as sea lilies, are animals, not plants. They are echinoderms related to starfish, sea urchins, and brittle stars. Many crinoid traits are like other members of their phylum; such traits include tube feet, radial symmetry, a water vascular system, and appendages in multiples of five (pentameral). They first appeared in the Ordovician (488 million years ago) and some species are still alive today.
FOR SALE
$1,295
DETAILS
SPECIES
Encrinus liliiformis
LOCATION
Alverdissen, Germany
FORMATION
Muschelkalk Formation
SIZE
14x12.5" matrix
CATEGORY
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ITEM
#159676
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