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Beautiful Pyritized Crinoid Fossils - Seirocrinus subangularis

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This stunning trio of pyritized crinoids ("sea lilies") is from the Holzmaden Shale in Germany, which boasts some of the best-preserved fossils ever documented. This specimen is a testament to the beauty and intricacy of prehistoric life. The immaculate preservation and striking aesthetics make it a world class piece. The gorgeous fossils are embedded in shale slab measuring 5'7" tall!

 

Complete crinoids are among the rarer types of fossils from the Holzmaden area and a specimen of this size and quality is exceedingly unique. 

These crinoids thrived in the warm Jurassic seas, which teemed with marine reptiles like ichthyosaurs, a variety of ammonites and many fish species. Although they resemble plants, crinoids are in fact filter-feeding invertebrates related to starfish and sea urchins. Interestingly, crinoids are considered living fossils - about 600 species inhabit today's oceans, many of which have vibrant coloration.


Lately, marine fossils have been trending as showcase pieces in home interiors and crinoids in particular are sought after by fine art enthusiasts, designers and architects. 
  • Species: Seirocrinus subangularis
  • Formation: Posidonia Shale
  • Location: Holzmaden, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany
  • Age: Lower Jurassic (approximately 180 million years old)
  • slab measures approx 67 x 35.5 x 1.25 inches; largest crown measures 13.5 inches 
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