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    FINE TRIPLE CRINOID PLATE
    Macrocrinus mundulus + unidentified species
    Mississipian epoch, Osagean stage
    Crawfordsville, Montgomery county, Indiana

    The crinoid, also known as the sea lily or feather star, is one of the world's so-called "living fossils". They belong to the phylum Echinodermata, with their own class, Crinoidea, and count amongst their distant relatives the starfish, brittle star and sea urchin. They are filter feeders; grabbing microscopic particles on which to feed as great forests of them sway back and forth on the ocean floor. This plate with three crinoid crowns comes from the famous Crawfordsville site in Indiana; specimens from this site have graced the collections of museums and collectors for over 150 years. Two of the three crowns on this plate are of the species Macrocrinus mundulus and have incredibly well preserved, textured stems, calyx, arms, pinnules, and even some rooting structures. The other crown is unidentified and is floating off the matrix slightly above the middle Macrocrinus. The largest crown measures 1 ¾ inches and the entire plate measures 6 x 9 ½ inches.


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    October, 2010
    17th Sunday
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