A fossil limestone seabed plate encapsulating the exceptionally well preserved crinoid specimen; Scyphocrinites elegans sp. A well defined, distinct fossil specimen in all its anatomical attributes, displaying the remarkable articulation of the extinct fossilised marine echinoderm, as if laid down only very recently, not eons ago. Careful conservation of this genuine and authentic fossil limestone plate has enabled the now natural sculptural element to be highlighted. The whole set into a bronze cradle on a bronze plinth base. The specimen plate easily removed for study, not fixed in place, the harmonious design balancing the fossil plate securely in place.
Exhibiting a fully articulated crinoid crown and stem. The aboral cup or crown, attached to its associated stem or stalk. The stems of some crinoids may have been as much as 50 feet in length on large type crinoidea. The proximal stem end is attached to the crown aboral cup, the calyx. In the crown or head the arms covered in cilia (feet like feelers), pass food to the mouth situated at the top of the calyx, in this crown the anus is situated next to the mouth, a intestinal tube passes from the mouth in a 'U' shaped tracked to the annus, the crinoids food passes through this tracked and is digested and exits via the anus opening when the cover over the aboral cup opens to feed.
A fine example of a crinoid crown and stem complete and on one seabed limestone plate. The crinoid 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. Discover more about the Crinoidea family