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Massive Crinoid Fossil, Holzmaden - 7.54'
This stunning crinoid fossil, also known as a sea lily, is from the Holzmaden Shale in Germany, which boasts some of the best-preserved fossils ever documented. It is a testament to the beauty and intricacy of prehistoric life. The staggering size, immaculate preservation and striking aesthetics make it a world class piece.
Crinoids are among the rarer types of fossils from the Holzmaden area and a specimen of this size and quality is exceedingly unique. The feathery crown spans 29.5 inches across and the rectangualar slab measures 7.54 feet high x 4.72 feet wide. This is the largest specimen we know of!
The light calcite and soft, flowing features of the crinoid stand out in contrast to the dark grey shale slab in which it is embedded (inlaid); this creates a pleasing aesthetic balance and sense of drama. Furthermore, the presence of a belemnite (squid relative) hints at the diverse ecology of the warm Jurassic seas that 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)
- The slab measures 230 x 144 cm; the largest crown is about 75 cm wide (which is exceptional and rare)
- Inset into shale slab from same layer
- Easily hung on a wall - includes steel frame and hanging moulds.
- This specimen ships from Germany.