Fossil Crinoid with Starfish - Crawfordsville, Indiana

This is a rare, Carboniferous-aged fossil starfish (Onychaster flexilis) that's wrapped around the crown of an incredibly well preserved Actinocrinites gibsoni crinoid, collected from Crawfordsville, Indiana. Both fossils are three dimenstional, highly detailed, and have been prepared with air abrasives under microscope.

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.


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
$635
DETAILS
SPECIES
Onychaster flexilis (Starfish) & Actinocrinites gibsoni (Crinoid)
LOCATION
Crawfordsville, Indiana
FORMATION
Edwardsville Formation
SIZE
Crinoid: 4.4" long (including stem) on 5.3 x 3.55" limestone
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ITEM
#215817
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