A stunning and rare example of a crinoid fossil of the species Pentacrinites fossilis from the world-famous Jurassic Coast beach of Charmouth, Dorset UK.
The fossil measures 148 mm (5.8 inches) across with matrix and consists of two rare and delicate crinoid heads with detailed arms and pinnules preserved with a very high level of detail still in the original shale in which it was found. Crinoids still in their original shale are rare from this location. These crinoids are very sought after and not easy to find these days and this one is a really nice example of a quality not often found. The matrix has a cut-flat base to allow it to stand feely for display and the whole piece weighs 265 grams.
Around 196 million years old (Sinemurian, Early Jurassic), this fossil would make a wonderful addition to any collection.
Crinoids are echinoderms closely related to starfish and sea urchins, and have been around for many hundreds of millions of years. They still live today in the deep seas around the world.