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Pyritized Crinoids - 59 inches

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This stunning pyritized crinoid ("sea lilly") 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. 

This beautiful crinoid specimen has a covering of sparkling natural pyrite ("fool's gold"). In this incredibly dramatic piece, there are two large feathery crowns on display, with stems emerging at the base (a log that in fact floated in the sea).

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.

Recently, 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: 59 x 31.5 inches. 
• iron frame backing included for wall hanging. 
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