Great crinoid from the Silurian DENDROCRINUS longidactylis

$75.00

1 in stock

Description

Here is your chance to own a classic fossils from a classic site.
HARDER and Harder to obtain fossils from this private quarry in Middleport, New York.

This is a wonderful DENDROCRINUS longidactylis from the famous Rochester Shale Fossil beds of Middleport, New York.

Crinoids are actually animals and not plants as the common name “Sea Lilies” would suggest. They are Echinoderms, related to modern day starfish. They were filer feeders capturing their food with the long slender arms or brachioles.

This is a very showy piece exhibiting fine detail of the arms and stem. These crinoids inhabited the ancient Silurian Seas along-side many other species. The fine arms, the brachioles are stretched to either side of the elongated anal tube in the center. Though slightly disarticulated this crinoid is a must have for any collector of crinoids and especially of Rochester Shale fauna. Dis-articulation is possibly due to storm activity during deposition.

This crinoid measures 2.25 inches by 3 inches on an irregular gray shale matrix measuring 4.25 inches by 4.5 inches

This is the specimen you will receive.

 

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