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This stunning crinoid fossil specimen, 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 immaculate preservation and striking aesthetics make it a world class piece.
Complete crinoids are among the rarer types of fossils from the Holzmaden area and a specimen of this size and quality is exceedingly unique.
The light calcite and soft, flowing features of the crinoid stand out in contrast to the dark, angular slab in which it is embedded; this creates a pleasing aesthetic balance and sense of drama. 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.
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- Species: Seirocrinus subangularis
- Formation: Posidonia Shale
- Location: Holzmaden, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany
- Age: Lower Jurassic (approximately 180 million years old)
- Matrix measures 131 x 107 cm and crown measures 45 cm.
- Certificate of authenticity included
- Inset into shale slab from same layer
- Easily hung on a wall - includes steel frame and hanging moulds.