DescriptionELEGANT FOSSIL SEA LILY: A NATURAL CRINOID IN MATRIX - A RARITY
This magnificent German "Sea Lily" features flowering Crinoid specimens beautifully preserved in Pyrite against a stark brownish-black shale matrix. Crinoids make up a class of echinoderms and can be considered distantly related to modern marine creatures such as starfish and sea urchins. This almost 200 million year old fossil comes from the classic locality for large pyritized Crinoid specimens. This is an exceptional specimen: there is additional plant material intermingled with the Crinoids as well as a squid-like Belemnite fossil exposed in its own space on the matrix. What makes this fossil specimen incredibly special is that this is a 100% natural assemblage - in contrast to most German Crinoids on the market that have had some, if not all, of the fossils placed in, and on, the matrix rock. This is indeed a rare specimen with excellent preservation - expertly prepared with attention paid to the smallest details. This museum quality fossil Sea Lily, also referred to as the "Feather Star", comes fit for hanging and is definitely suitable for any fine museum, gallery or home - it is in excellent condition.
Overall measurements are 40.75 x 33.5 inches (103.51 x 85.09 cm).
[Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]
Estimate: $30,000 - $40,000.
Condition report available upon request.
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