This is a 1.8" wide fossil crinoid plate containing two complete crinoids of the species Dichocrinus multiplex. It was collected from the Gilmore City Formation in Gilmore City, Iowa. Comes with an acrylic display stand.
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.