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Pyritized Crinoids - Seirocrinus - 5.9 feet
This stunning double plate 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.
This beautiful crinoid specimen consists primarily of calcite, with a very thin covering of sparkling pyrite. In this incredibly dramatic piece, there are three large feathery crowns on display in the upper half of the slab and five smaller overlapping 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)
• Slab: 180 x 95 x 2.5 cm; 1 larger Flowerhead 35 x 23 cm second flower 22 x 15 cm , Base is 54 cm
• Weight: 130 kg / 286 lbs
• Ready for wall-hanging: mounted on a wood frame, with custom-made stainless steel frame.
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