Macrocrinus Crinoid With Long Stem - Preserved Anal Tube

 
This is a Macrocrinus mundulus crinoid from the famous Witherspoon crinoid quarry near Crawfordsville, Indiana. The quality of preparation on this fossil is exquisite - using skillful air-abrasion techniques under a stereo microscope. While most of the arms of the crinoid are either missing or buried in the matrix is displays a very well preserved anal tube coming out of the crown which is unusual. There is a very long section of stem still attached

It is believed that crinoids from the Edwardsville Formation 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.

Note:There is some restoration work to the matrix but the crinoid itself is natural.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Macrocrinus mundulus
LOCATION
Witherspoon Quarry, Crawfordsville, Indiana
FORMATION
Edwardsville Formation
SIZE
Matrix 4x3.8"
CATEGORY
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ITEM
#16087
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