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Extraordinary Crinoids, Seirocrinus subangularis - 52” x 40”

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This stunning group 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 over 52” x 40” and is ready for wall-hanging. 

This beautiful crinoid is preserved with highly lustrous pyrite. In this incredibly dramatic piece, there are three larger feathery crowns on display in the upper half of the slab and many smaller crowns 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)
• Weight: 105.5 kg ; size 132 cmx102 cm x 6 cm
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