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.