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Scyphocrinites Elegans Crinoidea Fossil Lily 690mm


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A fossil plate containing eight exceptional crinoid specimens Scyphocrinites Elegans. Each individual distinct in every anatomical detail, the whole seabed 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. 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.

Overall height: 55 cm

Crinoidea plate measurements.
Height: 45 cm
Width: 69 cm
Depth 2.5 cm

Crinoidea plate weight: 11.9 Kg

Acrylic base [included with this product] dimensions.
Height: 2.5 cm
Width: 60 cm
Depth 15 cm

Overall weight: 17.9 Kg

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Scyphocrinites elegans Crinoidea 690mm. Displaying eight fully articulated crinoid Aboral cups or crowns, some attached to stems or stalks. The stem science theorises could have been as much as up to 50ft in length on giant types. The proximal stem end attached to 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 differently 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 permineralisation 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 Crinoidea. The 'Scyphocrinites Elegans Crinoidea' 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.

Ocean crinoid close up view

Additional Information

Age Devonian
Origin Morocco