14.3" Crinoid Plate (10 species) - Indiana

This is a spectacular crinoid association from the Edwardsville Formation near Crawfordsville, Indiana, with seven different species present plus a brachiopod. All are preserved 3D and have been prepared with air abrasives. This is a natural association and none of the specimens are composites.

This specimen is fitted with a wood backing plate for easy wall mounting. A stand can be included on request.

Identification by #:

6 - Barycrinus rhombiferus (two specimens)
16 - Cyathocrinites sp.
17 - Cyathocrinites multibrachiatus
35 - Pachylocrinus aequalis
47 - Scytalocrinus decadactylus (two specimens)
55 - Agaricocrinus splendens (two specimens)
68 - Gilbertsocrinus tuberosus
69 - Macrocrinus mundulus (five specimens)
73 - Platycrinites hemisphericus
81 - Onychocrinus ulrichi

Crinoids from the Ramp Creek Limestone were likely 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.

Macrocrinus mundulus & others
Crawfordsville, Indiana
Edwardsville Formation
Rock 14.3 x 13.2"
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