Two Fossil Crinoids (2 Species) - Crawfordsville, Indiana

 
This is a cluster of two crinoids, one species being Pachylocrinus crawfordsvillensis (1.5" long including stem) and the other is Sarocrinus varsovensis (.9" long). This crinoid association was collected 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.

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.
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$89
DETAILS
SPECIES
Parisocrinus crawfordsvillensis & Sarocrinus varsovensis
LOCATION
Witherspoon Quarry, Crawfordsville, Indiana
FORMATION
Ramp Creek Limestone
SIZE
2x1.8" rock
CATEGORY
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ITEM
#99945
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