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Crinoidea - Phylum Echinodermata

Scyphocrinites Elegans Sea Lily Wall 2.4M

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A highly important scientific discovery of Scyphocrinites elegans sea lilies on a Devonian oceanic wall measuring 2.4 m, conserved within this ancient seabed, known as the Western Saharan Desert. These ancient sea lilies not only seamlessly create a sense of motion to what was once a seabed full of life, a moment captured in a prehistoric time, but also tell a story for each Scyphocrinites lily exhibits their entire anatomy from the roots to the calyx crown head consisting of feather-like pinnule-filter feeding arms.

From one of the earliest periods of prehistoric life, displaying multiple colonies of oceanic Scyphocrinites elegans crinoidea sea lilies reaching a total length of 2.4 m (7.9 ft), similar to a specimen exhibited at the Musée des Confluences in Lyon reaching 1.6 m.

The individual Scyphocrinites elegans lilies contrast beautifully as they delicately lay upon one another on palette of mauve Devonian limestone. Each individual specimen exhibits soft pearly grey flowers with hints of minerals within this unique marine colony of pelagic Scyphocrinites elegans which have preserved exceptionally well.

This pelagic colony may have been overcome by a primary disaster event causing disturbance to the seafloor, covering colonies with debris and silts and an atermath process of bacterial breakdown within an anoxic environment that has helped the preservation and mineralisation of specimens such as these Phylum Echinodermata.

Scyphocrinites elegans are particularly special, they are a subspecies between plants and animals with two record breaking discoveries finding these spieces reaching a total length of 40 meters situated in coral reefs and persist in our oceans today, dwelling at great depths as far as 6,000m (4 miles).

Overall this plate of Scyphocrinites Elegans Crinoidea specimens is exquisite, not only has it been beautifully preserved, it has been expertly conserved.

- Arms; a series of articulated ossicles (Pinnules) used in suspension to feed and for respiration.

- Gonads; are also located within the arms where fertilisation takes place during mass spawning.

- Calyx; the crown or aboral cup containing the vital organs, mostly devoted to food retainment.

- Baluster bulb-root; attatching to driftwood, coral beds and buoyancy during migration through ocean currents.

- Stem; columned support from the baluster root to the crown flower.

Genus: Scyphocrinites Elegans Crinoidea.
Origin: Djebel Issoumour, Alnif, Morocco, North Africa.
Age: Palaeozoic, Devonian, 443.500,000 - 358,900,000 years.

Measurements.
Height: 239 cm / 7ft 9" / 2.4 m
Width: 234 cm
Depth: 10 cm
Estimated weight: 500 Kg

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