3.1" Crinoid Plate (2 species) - Crawfordsville

 
 
This is a beautiful crinoid association from the Edwardsville Formation near Crawfordsville, Indiana, with two individual specimens present representing two different species. Both are preserved 3D and have been prepared with air abrasives. The entire piece is 3.1 x 1.8". This is a natural association and neither of the specimens are composites.

Identification by #:

#26 - Goniocrinus harrisi
#50 - Ulrichicrinus coryphaeus

It is believed that crinoids from the Ramp Creek Limestone were buried in sediment from nearby deltas during storms. The resulting siltstone deposits are soft enough that fossils can be extracted in exquisite, three-dimensional relief.

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.

DETAILS
SPECIES
Ulrichicrinus coryphaeus & Goniocrinus harrisi
LOCATION
Crawfordsville, Indiana
FORMATION
Edwardsville Formation
SIZE
Rock 3.1 x 1.8"
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#94368
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