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Crinoid Scyphocrinites Elegans 231mm


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A fine specimen plate crammed with interest, the stems in a chaotic scramble while the aboral cups and brachial plates exceptionally well articulated and defined. Also the feathery arms and pinnules distinct. Careful conservation bringing the brachial plates out in a 3D view, each brachial plate well detailed, allowing the superb attributes of the crinoids to be studied. Read our description below or to read more about the Crinoidea group, their anatomy, lifestyle, where they are found and how we excavate them follow this link to discover another world. Discover more about the Crinoidea family

Genus: Scyphocrinites Elegans Crinoidea.
Origin: Djebel Issoumour, Alnif, Morocco, North Africa.
Age: Paleozoic era, early Devonian, approximately 420 to 380 million years.

Crinoidea plate measurements.
Height: 23.1 cm
Width: 18.4 cm
Depth 2.6 cm

Crinoidea plate weight: 2.105 gr

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A fossil plate containing three or more exceptional crinoid specimens genus Scyphocrinites elegans. Some individuals well defined and distinct in every anatomical detail, the whole sea bed limestone plate displays the remarkable articulation of the colony, as if they were laid down only very recently, not eons ago. Careful conservation of this genuine and authentic fossil limestone plate has enabled the natural sculptural element to be highlighted.

Displaying a group or colony of fully articulated crinoids. The aboral cups or crowns, all attached to stems or stalks. The stems science theorises could have been as much as up to 50ft in length on giant types. The proximal stem end attached the crown (Aboral cup/calyx). In the crown or head the arms covered in cilia pass the food to the mouth (situated at the top of the calyx), in the crown the anus is also situated.

A fine example of different sized crinoid crowns on one plate. The colony covered over very quickly in some undersea catastrophe millions of years ago, enabling an anoxic environment to persist, which subsequently expedited the process of per mineralization and fossilisation preserving these life forms until their eventual excavation. A rare and remarkable occurrence of the natural world in which we live.

A complex form of animal dating back to the Devonian period. This type scientifically named as the Scyphocrinites elegans crinoid. The 'Scyphocrinites elegans crinoid [Crinoidea] commonly named sea-lily date back to the Paleozoic era, lower Devonian approximately 420 to 380 million years. Although this type is extinct members of the Crinoidea ‘Phylum Echinodermata’ family can still be seen in our oceans today.

Additional Information

Age Devonian
Origin Morocco
Colour Pink