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.4" Mississippian Blastoid (Schizoblastus) - Missouri
This is a cool plate that features a Mississipian-aged echinoderm fossil from Missouri. There is a blastoid (Schizoblastus sayi) on a rock full of crinoid and shell fragments.
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.