.9" Mississippian Blastoid (Pentremites) Fossil - Indiana

This is a Pentremites blastoid fossil collected from the Indian Springs Shale of Sulphur, Indiana. This fossil is Mississippian in age and has been cleaned using air abrasives.

Blastoids are an extinct type of filter feeding, stemmed echinoderm that resembles a small hickory nut. They thrived during the Mississippian period before going extinct during the great Permian extinction. While not as diverse as their relative the crinoid, they were equally as common in rocks around the world. Blastoids were protected by a set of interlocking plates, which formed the main body, or theca. In life, the theca of a typical blastoid was attached to a stalk or column made up of stacked disc-shaped plates.
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DETAILS
SPECIES
Pentremites sp.
LOCATION
Sulphur, Indiana
FORMATION
Indian Springs Shale
SIZE
.9" long
CATEGORY
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ITEM
#216494
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