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

A very nice LYRIOCRINUS dactylis from the famous Silurian fossil beds of Middleport, New York. These 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 large LYRIOCRINUS crinoid is missing some of the brachioles due to loss during collection. However crinoids are becoming more and more rare from this location so to find any on the market is special. This one has a complete stem down to the holdfast. the part of the creature that held on to the sea floor. There is also a bio mass to the left of the stem.

This crinoid is 8 1/2 inches tall from holdfast to the tip of the crown. It is 3 3/4 inches wide. It sits on an irregular block of grey shale matrix that is 13 1/4 inches by 6 3/4 inches wide.

The calyx is 1 1/4 inches wide and the stem alone is 7 inches long.

A great addition to a collection of Rochester Shale fauna. Who knows when another will be found.

 

 

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